The Valley Of Ashes In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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The Valley of Ashes setting in The Great Gatsby represents the theme of the extreme difference in social classes in New York during the early 1900’s. The ideology that the Great Gatsby is only filled with liveliness and wealth is wrong. There is whole other side of the wealth spectrum that nobody cares about. The difference in materialistic items from the two places was incredible but it was in the “... a factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy,...”(Fitzgerald 5). that was the main factor. The level of houses in West Egg was beyond extravagant; they were magnificent. This compared to the buildings in the Valley of Ashes, was like missing a free throw twenty yards wide. The quality of the Valley of Ashes was like having “... a small block of yellow brick sitting on the edge of a wasteland,...”(Fitzgerald 24). The quality difference is too intense to be true, yet it is. The money of wealth of one person, except Nick, can buy all the homes in Valley of Ashes. Just by the type of homes there are, it is like it is a whole other world. This setting is only present in the Valley of Ashes, as “...ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades…”(Fitzgerald 23). Not only are the materialistic things lifeless even the people look like it too. The poor nature of the Valley of Ashes has an impact on everything in that area. The idea that people grow old and vehicles rot are normal. Yet even “ … a gray, scrawny Italian child was setting torpedoes in a row along the railroad

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