The Great Gatsby- Setting


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East Egg and West Egg

East Egg

Tom and Daisy Buchanan's mansion- riches and wealth- how greed corrupts- money cannot buy love- need to be invited over (Tom just turns up at Gatsby's house)- suggests prosperity and greatness- another failure of the American Dream- considered posher of the two therefore opinion is already settled

West Egg

Nick's house- trying to make his own way to greatness- half hearted attempt- not overly successful- Gatsby's mansion- has achieved great things- has wealth and influence- position in West indication of humble roots- own family's origins- close to East Egg geographically- social terms is a different world

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New York City

Prosperity on an enormous scale- provides mystery- a place people from both West and East Egg travel to- neither have a status high enough to warrant a life there

Myrtle's flat- provides secrecy- away from normal life- living in a moment of fantasy- segregate rich from poor- Myrtle from Wilson- inhumane behaviour- Tom breaks Myrtle's nose- Myrtle buys a dog- people come and go and are forgotten- the people Nick meets at the flat

The Plaza Hotel- taking the climax of the novel away from home- an unknown place provides balance- no character has the higher ground- shows even with riches there is a lack of moral and happiness

The restaurant- story from Wolfsheim shows a different side to the city- murder of his friend across the road- indicates times have changed- progress of American Dream- places every significant character from novel (except Wilson) in the city at some point- unites them

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The Valley of Ashes

Antithesis of East Egg, West Egg, New York- a place that no-one wishes to be- downfall to American Dream- though there appears to be more affluent places than downtrodden places

Wilson's garage- scene of Myrtle's death- adds to misery- suggests people born to be of that status cannot escape it- only way is through death- Wilson only character who does not leave his setting

Dr T J Eckleburg- eyes of God- forgotten advert- God is a forgotten phenomenon- wealth and greed overturned moral- watches over the poor- will be rewarded at death- comfort for Myrtle- threat or a comfort- heaven and hell

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Mid West

Nick's origins- narrator- reflects his home place- stuck in the middle- retelling other people's stories, not making his own- attempts to be diplomatic- changes opinions- can either ease east of middle or west of middle- ironic echo of his past- claims to have glory in his past- but is like Gatsby- reveals very little- was once a warm, safe place- now looking for adventure- contradicts Nick's personality- by end he wants to move back to his home

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These are really good points! Thanks! 

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