The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby locations play an extremely large role in the telling of the story. They can indicate a character’s economic standing or make a poignant statement about the society of the 1920s. The three main locations in The Great Gatsby are the Valley of Ashes, the Eggs, and Manhattan. Each location sheds light into the various lifestyles of those that live there and how Fitzgerald perceives their actions and behaviors. Fitzgerald uses the Valley of Ashes to show the world how the pursuit of the American Dream will inevitably end in pain and suffering. Fitzgerald describes the valley as a desolate and dreary place with “ash-grey men” who are “crumbling through the powdery air” (Fitzgerald 27). These men are the embodiment of the lower classes and its struggles to achieve greatness. However, only a small percentage can ever achieve greatness, such as Jay Gatsby and the Buchanans, and those that do not achieve that greatness are left in the dust, or in this case, ashes. Myrtle Wilson is a textbook example of this. Myrtle is Tom Buchanan’s mistress and she uses him to take a break from the reality of her dead end life with her husband, George Wilson, and enjoy the finer things in life. However, these breaks only provide a momentary hiatus and she is abruptly brought back to real life in instances such as when “Tom Buchanan [broke] her nose with his open hand” (Fitzgerald 41). She also experiences a dose of reality when she sees Jordan Baker in the…

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