The Great Gatsby

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Geography plays a great role in the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F.Scott Fitzgerald. It shows American society of that time. How they live, what they value and what are their dreams.  There are three main settings: East Egg and West Egg that form Long Island and Valley of Ashes. Each part of the setting is represented by certain characters.  The description of the setting starts with “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.”  Our narrator Nick Carraway lives at West Egg “the less fashionable of the two”. Nick lives here because he doesn’t earn much money to live on the other side. He lives “at the very tip of the egg…and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season”. This very description gives the reader a sense that Nick doesn’t belong to this side of the Egg. But somehow he is here. Here also lives Gatsby, the main character of the book after whom the novel is named. “The one on my right… - it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy…It was Gatsby’s mansion”. People here are wealthy and showy, they like pleasure and parties “an evening was hurried from phase to phase towards its close”. And everything here represents the roaring twenties. People are gathered from different layers. All of them have earned the money themselves. They aren’t elite but the one who want to become one.  “Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg”. This side is more expensive and it is represented by the Buchananas. People here form elite of American society “their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay.” This young family couldn’t have possibly earned the money themselves. They’ve just inherited the wealth from their parents. They...
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