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Setting As it Prevails in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is a novel of the 1920s a time of flamboyance excessiveness and ambiguity To fully capture and document this atmosphere Fitzgerald spent many a page concerned with detail Such descriptions become a stimulus for the story setting the mood and pace the tendencies strengths and weaknesses The characters are directly linked to their location Indeed in The Great Gatsby setting dominates the novel Foremost Fitzgerald chose to set the novel on the East Coast slightly outside New York City in two contrasting rich suburban areas West Egg and East Egg As New York City was the place to be and make money in the 1920s Fitzgerald intently placed his story around the heart of the era Additionally the anxiety that is supposedly predominant in East Coast cities is also evident Whenever the characters are in the city tensions run high and arguments are frequent In turn the excitement hype and activity of the city is countered by the relaxed lavish countryside where the characters reside As one gets further away from the city geographically the comforts of the surroundings increase linearly By using physical separation Fitzgerald shows class differences In accordance Fitzgerald sets wealthy characters on one of two eggs Both hold an air of fantasy in the illusory concept that money can buy happiness However the dreamlands are different in the means of pecuniary profusion and the level of responsibility incumbent in their attitudes Referring to the eggs impending differences Nick observed To the wingless a more arresting phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except shape and size Furthest from the city is the East Egg Being the more fashionable of the two it is where those with old money reside Here Tom and Daisy Buchanon live in a house Nick chronicled as More elaborate than I expected a cheerful red and white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay
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