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The setting in The Great Gatsby is very important because in Fitzgeralds world setting reveals character Fitzgerald divides the world of the novel into four major settings 1 East Egg 2 West Egg 3 the valley of ashes and 4 New York City Within these major settings are two or more subsettings East Egg is limited to Daisys house but West Egg incorporates both Gatsbys house and Nicks The valley of ashes includes the Wilsons garage Michaelis restaurant and the famous sign with the eyes of Dr T J Eckleburg New York City includes the offices where people work the apartment Tom Buchanan has rented for Myrtle Wilson and the Plaza Hotel where the final showdown between Gatsby and Tom Buchanan takes place Each of these settings both reflects and determines the values of the people who live or work there East Egg where Tom and Daisy live is the home of the Ivy League set who have had wealth for a long time and are comfortable with it Since they are secure with their money they have no need to show it off Nick lives in new-rich West Egg because he is too poor to afford a home in East Egg Gatsby lives there because his money is new and he lacks the social credentials to be accepted in East Egg His houses like the rest of his possessions his pink suit for example are tasteless and vulgar and would be completely out of place in the more refined and understated world of East Egg No wonder that the East and that Nick ruin Gatsby in the end decides to leave The valley of ashes in contrast to both eggs is where the poor people live--those who are the victims of the rich It is characterized literally by dust for it is here that the citys ashes are dumped in what is now Flushing Queens and
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