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Copy of The Great Gatsby Setting Map

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by Jill Beckwith on 19 November 2013

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Transcript of Copy of The Great Gatsby Setting Map

West Egg
East Egg
the "courtesy bay". The river is the only physical thing which separates East Egg and West Egg. West and East Egg are both very wealthy, however
East Egg is more wealthy. The fact that Gatsby lives in the least wealthy of the two (West Egg) suggests that he still hasn't gotten to the top.

Jay Gatsby's house!
"factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville
in Normandy" "spanking new" "marble swimming pool" "fourty acres of lawn and garden" "Gatsby's mansion"
He holds extraordinary parties
here, where East Eggers come.
He hopes that one day Daisy will turn up.

"white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water"
"single green light" the light which Gatsby "stretched" out for is in East Egg. The green light represents the one single thing which Gatsby wants, to be with Daisy. Because Gatsby in the end doesn't get what he wants which was very close in distance suggests to the reader how strong the affect class had on society in the 1920s America because Gatsby was so close but it was the class difference between him and Daisy that stopped them from being together.

Buchanan's house!
Daisy and Tom live here together and Jordan Baker is introduced in the book whilst visiting them.
"elaborate" "cheerful red and white Georgian colonial mansion" "overlooking the bay" (makes them sound proud) "brick walls and burning gardens"
"one of the strangest
communities in North America" "riotous island" "less fashionable of the two" "loud, bright night" "full bellows of the earth blew the frogs full of life" "local heavens" "unquiet darkness"
Nick's house!
"squeezed between two huge places
that rented for twelve or fifteen
thousand a season" "tip of the egg"
"small eyesore" "overlooked" "eighty
dollars a month" "abandoned grass roller
in the yard"

"most domesticated body of salt water in the Western Hemisphere, the great wet barnyard of Long Island Sound."
"between West Egg
and New York the motor road
hastily joins the railroad"
The Valley of Ashes!
"fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat" "grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys" "ash grey men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air" "a line of grey cars crawls along an invisible track" "ghastly creak" "ash grey men swarm" "impenetrable cloud" "spasms of bleak dust" "grey land" "dismal"
"solemn dumping ground" Represents the negative effects the upper class have to their surroundings which they appear oblivious to, or don't care about. Also. how not everyone is privileged like the people who live in West and East Egg.
Doctor T.J Eckleberg billboard!
"eyes" "blue and gigantic" "no face" "enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non existent nose" "eternal blindness" "dimmed a little by many
paintless days". The yellow is tainted which could represent how the land once had the potential to become something, but now there is no hope as there is too much damage. Also, the eyes being on a billboard which is an inanimate object so has no power could represent how some people are well aware of the issues but have no power to solve the social issues in America. The "eternal blindness" could suggest how the West and East Eggers are unaware (blind) to the issues, probably because they are not affected by them as they causing them.
New York
Myrtle Wilson
George Wilson
Wilson's garage/interior!
"terrible place" "unprosperous and bare" "dust covered wreck" "cement odour of the walls"
Tom and Myrtle's apartment!
"long white cake of apartment
houses" "a small living room, a
small dining room, a small bedroom,
and a bath" doesn't sound like it's
functional, could imply how Tom
has never had any serious relationship
intentions with Myrtle unlike she believes.
Also, as it isn't a functional apartment it could
show how a relationship between a person from a lower class and upper class could have never worked in 1920s America.
"tapestried furniture entirely too large" again could suggest how the idea of the classes mixed is "too large" and not realistic.
"the hen resolved itself into a bonnet, and the countenance of a stout old lady beamed down into the room" shows how it's ambiguous/different and is a suggestion to how different the people in the novel think and behave. Also could be a suggestion to the whole book about Nick being an unreliable narrator as it shows how the same thing can have different interpretations and meanings and it was only until Nick looked at the picture "from a distance" that he realised.
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