Social Classes In The Great Gatsby

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Growth and prosperity, the way the people in the 1920s thought of as their time to improve. However, the dreams of new beginnings, success, and the American dream become corrupt with the ignorance of wealth and the mind of the careless. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, uses geography to symbolize the differences between the three social classes: the valley of ashes, the West Egg and the East Egg. Each one has specific characteristics that relates to the people who reside in that area. The poor, working class describe the valley of ashes, where the low social status people live. The West Egg represents the middle class or the low end of the high-class people. West Eggers have to earn their money to become New Money, to be like the East Eggers. Wealthy and careless people live in the East Egg. The high status people who do not have to work for their money live. Fitzgerald incorporates the use of characters to influence the setting among the three geographically defined social classes. The working class lives in the valley of ashes. The factories that they work for cover them with soot and ashes that are the leftovers from the wealthy people’s life. “…where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, shows the difference between social classes through the use of geography. Full of hopelessness and dull lives, the valley of ashes defines the wasteland that they live in and the way their lives have become a waste of time in the end, since they will never achieve anything because of the corruption of money. Unfashionable and vulgar, the West Egg represents the way of life for new money. They overdo the attempt to imitate others and cause people to know they fake their lives. In contrast to the West Egg, the people who live in the East Egg have high social class, good taste in everything, but have many flaws. The carelessness and the lack of sympathy of old money cause the corruption in the American
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