What Does The West Egg Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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In The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a middle class man, named Nick Carraway, rented a house next to most popular guy in West Egg, Jay Gatsby. While at his cousin’s, Daisy’s, house, one of Gatsby’s parties came up in the conversation. Taking place during the “Roaring Twenties” or The Jazz Age, Gatsby threw the best parties; everyone came to them. The reader later learns that Gatsby was and still is passionate about Daisy and through the parties to impress her. Nick finally gets an invitation to one where he meets Gatsby himself. Gatsby sees Nick’s and Daisy’s relation as a way in to win over Daisy, even though she is married. Later, Nick invites over Daisy to his house for tea but does not tell her Gatsby is there with him. …show more content…
One of which is the symbol East versus West Egg. In The Great Gatsby, there are two main towns: East Egg and West Egg. They are separated by the dirty, grotesque slums known as the Valley of Ashes. The rich people of West Egg made their money by working for it. This was frowned upon by the wealthy who inherited their money, the people of East Egg. Two residents of East Egg include Tom and Daisy while Nick and Gatsby both live in West Egg. In Chapter Seven, when Tom, Daisy, Nick, and Gatsby are in New York City having lunch, Daisy’s husband, Tom, notices Gatsby and Daisy’s affair. This makes Tom angry, even though Tom himself was currently in an affair with George Wilson’s wife, Myrtle Wilson. While in New York City, Tom decides to confront Gatsby himself about Gatsby and Myrtle’s …show more content…
She asked me if I was going to Red Cross and make bandages. I was. Well, then, would I tell them that she couldn’t come that day? The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in the way that every young girl wants to be looked at some time, and because it seemed romantic to me I have remembered the incident ever since. His name was Jay Gatsby, and I didn’t lay eyes on him on him again for over four years---even after I’d met him on Long Island I didn’t realize it was the same man.” (Fitzgerald, 74-75)

But then, Gatsby was sent to serve in the war. During this time, Daisy married Tom due to his wealth and status and his “old money”. This makes Gatsby desperate for Daisy, hence why he throws the parties at his house every weekend. To attain Daisy would be Gatsby’s American Dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the green light to symbolize the American Dream. In Chapter Nine, Nick compares the green light to what settlers looked at before they tore down trees and built cities---”a fresh, green breast of the new world.” (Fitzgerald, 180)

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter---to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...And one fine morning-----
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” (Fitzgerald,

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