Great Gatsby Setting

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The Great Gatsby
By: Ashley Williams
Setting
In the first quarter of this book the setting is evenly split between two different places, West Egg, NY and New York City. The author described his new town on page 10. “Twenty miles from the city a pair of enormous eggs, identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay, jut out into the most domesticated body of salt water in the Western hemisphere, the great wet barnyard of Long Island Sound.” This gives readers a beautiful image of where Nick’s house is located. His house is found on the West Egg where he is neighbors with Mr. Gatsby. His house was small enough but compared to Mr. Gatsby’s, it was tiny. “As I didn’t know Mr. Gatsby, it was a mansion inhabited by a gentleman of the name. My house was an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor’s lawn and the consoling proximity of millionaires. ” As it is said in the book most of the houses on these two eggs were extraordinary and occupied by millionaires, one that happened to be Nick’s cousin once removed, she lived on the East egg with her husband Tom. That is when the setting switches to New York when Nick and Tom go together for business. They went to Tom’s mistress’s apartment while in New York, as it is described on page 31. “The apartment was on the top floor – a small living room, a small dining room, a small bedroom and a bath. The living room was crowded to the doors with a set of tapestried furniture entirely too large for it.” When Nick returned to the West Egg the author described the setting of the parties that his neighbor, Mr. Gatsby, held. “The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter gotten on the spot, and enthusiasm meetings between women who never knew each other’s names.” These are the main locations of this novel at the moment; I am sure as the chapters continue there...
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