Why Is West Egg Important In The Great Gatsby

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Shinsky1 Chloe N. Shinsky Mrs. Graham Honor’s English 6 February 2012 East and West: The Eggs in The Great Gatsby As the authors of many novels do, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses contrasting locations to denote forces that are essential to the meaning of his work, The Great Gatsby, an American novel. East Egg and West Egg are used to signify contradicting elements that assist the author in conveying the meaning of the story; society’s moral decay resulting from the possession of vast amounts of money (wealth) or the greedy desire for more money. These two locations are used not only to characterize this aspect of 1920’s American society but are also used to correspond to the types of characters encountered. East Egg and West Egg are "…identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay…” (1:9). But East Egg differs from West Egg because the people dwelling on East Egg have a…show more content…
Daisy, on East Egg does not desire money and has social standing. Gatsby only desires money in order to win Daisy but lacks social standing. While he lives on West Egg, he does so only in order to view his dream, Daisy, on East Egg. In fact, Gatsby’s father tells Nick that “Jimmy always liked it better down East” (9:176). Daisy, while she may love Gatsby, loves social standing more and so she remains on East Egg in a loveless relationship. How heartbreaking is the fact that such a man as Gatsby who has crawled and scratched his way from poverty to wealth is still not afforded the love of his life. Even though he fights desperately to fake status, it is the class abyss that denies Gatsby his dream. And as it turns out, it is his willingness to sacrifice for her that costs him his life. Herein is nestled one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s many uses of geographic location to convey the moral decline of this American
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