Slides in this set
New York has always been seen as a place of
opportunity where the streets are paved with
It is also symbolic of the American dream.
In "The Great Gatsby" New York represents
the uninhibited, amoral quest for money and
"That's my Middle West . . . the street lamps
and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now
that this has been a story of the West, after
all--Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I,
were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed
some deficiency in common which made us…read more
East Egg and West Egg
East Egg and West Egg represent the divide
between "old money" and "new money".
Daisy and Tom Buchanan are "old money",
their families have been rich for generations
and so they live on East Egg Island.
Gatsby and Nick are "new money", they've
earned it themselves or their.
East and West Egg also represent the ideas of
living in the past and present. "East Egg"
represents how Daisy and Tom both live with
old world ideals and ideas, and refusing to
move on into the west where new things await.
"West Egg" represents how Gatsby and Nick
are living in the present and they try to move
out of the past life and ideals. They are able to
look to the future instead of being held back in
the past. They are unafraid to try new things.…read more
The Valley Of Ashes
The Valley of Ashes is where all of the books
bad things happen. It is also the home to the
eyes of T.J. Eckleburg.
These eyes are from a billboard that looks
over Wilson's garage. The eyes are always
mentioned whenever Nick is there. They look
over the situation, objectively, but offer a kind
of judgment on the characters and their
actions. They are placed near Wilson's because
that is where some of the most selfish acts take
place: Myrtle's death, Tom's affair. All of these
crimes go unpunished. So they eyes look on
and remind the characters of the guilt that
they forget to have for what they have done.
The glasses could also be likened to God…read more
Gatsby's house serves as a key symbol of
aspiration, reflecting both Gatsby's success as
an American self-made man and the mirage of
an identity he has created to win Daisy's love.
Gatsby follows his American Dream as he buys
the house to be across the bay from Daisy, and
has parties to gain wide-spread recognition in
order to impress her.
Yet, Owl Eyes compares Gatsby's mansion to a
house of cards, muttering "that if one brick
was removed the whole library was liable to
Ultimately, the inevitable collapse occurs, as
Gatsby loses Daisy and dies (with the
exception of Nick) absolutely friendless,
prompting Nick to refer to Gatsby's mansion
as "that huge incoherent failure of a house".…read more