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The Dark Realm of the Valley of Ashes In the twenties the era of glitter and gold counterfeit wealth and artificial success obscured the vision of a disaster foreboding The Great Depression the Red Scare the crash of the stock market and many others New York City the capital of the world was the place where the dreadful sickness originated Just beyond the glamorous displays of traffic and lights a dark and lonely ash heap resides at the outskirts of New York City In the book the ash heap is a symbol of a disease materialism that spreads to destroy the hopes and dreams of the ones who possess them Fitzgerald uses the ash heap as a symbol of a disease that spreads to destroy peoples dreams and passions Fitzgerald shows how the Valley of Ashes is a symbol of a destroyer of hopes and dreams that pass from New York City to the East and West Egg This ash heap is a garbage dump located just outside New York City The dim ambiance of the valley of ashes is represented by the workers Occasionally ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud which screens their obscure operation from your sight 17 They remove the trash of NYC and bring it to the ash heap to burn until it turns to ashes The men who shoveled the trash off the train are like digging up dirt for a grave to bury someone The ash is what is left over after the trash has been burnt it is residue left over after a destruction The men who shoveled the trash off the train are like digging up dirt for a grave to bury someone The comparison to gravediggers depicts that this ash heap is not a golden place it reminds the reader of death and decay It is described as the gray land and the spasms
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