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In Chapter 9 of The Great Gatsby Nick decides to move back to the Midwest Before he leaves he sees Tom and asks him what he had told Wilson after Myrtles death Tom admits he told Wilson that Gatsby owned the yellow car which causes Wilson to shoot Gatsby and then himself Nick comes to terms with Tom and Daisy when he realizes that they represent all that he feels disdain for Fitzgerald uses diction and imagery in this scene to suggest that location shapes the behavior and the morals of his main characters that all have moved from the Mid-west to the East in order to express his own opinion of wealth and opportunity Fitzgeralds imagery contrasts the nature of the East to the Midwest The Midwest is a symbol of morality conservatism and pragmatism Nick describes the west as a winter night and the real snow our snow began to stretch out beside us and twinkle against the windows and a sharp wild brace came suddenly into the air We drew in deep breaths of it unutterably aware of our identity with this country for one strange hour before we melted indistinguishably into it again Thats my middle-west 184 Snow represents purity and integrity Fitzgerald clarifies that in the Midwest one knows their uniqueness and purpose in relation to America The word brace represents a supportive and compassionate environment that is the Mid-west In contrast the East is a symbol of shallowness carelessness and corruption Fitzgerald describes the East as night scene by El Greco a hundred houses at once conventional and grotesque crouching under a sullen overhanging sky and lusterless moon 185 Fitzgeralds harsh description of the East portrays his opinion of it He shows the hypocrisy of the East because it tries to appear conventional but it really is an unusual place He uses morose images such as lusterless moon sullen sky and grotesque
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