Importance Of Location In The Great Gatsby

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Location, location, location. Living on Long island I have come to learn that where you are located in has a great impact on you once people know where you live, people who live in an area known to be more affluent might be expected to drive a more expensive car or take luxury vacations. Another indicator is one 's home, now it 's not just having a home, affluence it 's where the home is located. The house I live in now could be ten times more expensive if it was in the Hamptons or in an area known for its affluence, this is without changing the physical characteristics of my house. This relates to the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the regards of West egg vs East egg locations, these two locations played a great role in …show more content…
The valley of ashes is defined with the color grey," ash- grey men" that "swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud" to show the unhappiness of the people working there and incapable to obtain the American dream even with all this hard effort they put in.. The use of the word grey shows how it is seen as a place for the poor that the rich rule over. When we see Myrtle 's apartment( Tom’s mistress) we can see that she tries to fit in with the rich,but her furniture just shows who she really is which is just poor when Nick states the living-room was crowded to the doors with a set of tapestried furniture entirely too large for it, so that to move about was to stumble continually over scenes of ladies swinging in the gardens of Versailles". On the other hand, the people from the east egg were born into families who …show more content…
This separation caused a lot of tension throughout the book between Tom Buchanan and Gatsby. Tom questioned who Gatsby was and how he obtained his money in chapter six, Tom states "Who is this Gatsby anyhow?" "Some big bootlegger" then Nick inquires "Where 'd you hear that?" and then Tom says "I didn 't hear it. I imagined it. A lot of these newly rich people are just big bootleggers, you know." Tom is implying that people from the East egg all believe that the people from the West egg did illegal activities to obtain all their money, therefore their illegal acts meant they had no moral values and all the money in the world will not make them upstanding citizens. Tom thinks that people from the East egg are no better than them because they get their money from illegal act ivies as selling beer when during this time in the 1920 's beer was prohibited. But in the great aspect of things Tom is just being a hypocrite and finding things to hate on Gatsby for, since he is from the East and Daisy is falling for him because he drinks all the time throughout the novel. This motif was significant in the terms of setting the scene in the book. The East egg and the West egg where the setting of the novel took place. In the first chapter, Nick Caraway tells us that the East egg is wealthier of the two and is more elite while the West egg is the "less

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