Major Places In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald takes place in the early 1920s. It was just after World War II and it was a time of disillusionment and materialism. Location plays an important and symbolic role. Many of the places represent certain characters and ideas. There are five main locations mentioned in The Great Gatsby: West Egg, East Egg, The Valley of Ashes, New York, and France. They represent things like wealth, status, loneliness, escape, and secrets. West Egg is one of the two main locations in the story. The main character, Nick Carraway, moves into West Egg and lives beside Gatsby. Nick himself describes West Egg as: “the fashionable of the two” (Fitzgerald 7). Gatsby is a wealthy gentleman who has recently come into wealth by questionable…show more content…
The Valley of Ashes is a wasteland: “This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air” (Fitzgerald 26). It is home to two main characters George and Myrtle Wilson. George and Myrtle are in an unhappy marriage as well. George struggles daily to get by. The two live in an old repair shop: “The interior was unprosperous and bare; the only car visible was the dust-covered wreck of a Ford which crouched in a dim corner” (Fitzgerald 28). His wife is constantly unhappy: “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman” (Fitzgerald 38). Her home is a constant reminder of her place in society and her wealth. The Valley of Ashes is a desolate wasteland in which nothing grows. The same can be said for George and Myrtle’s marriage. The Valley of Ashes is the first place where someone dies. Myrtle runs out on the road to stop Gatsby’s car and is run over. It is also the location of a large billboard which George compares to the eyes of
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