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East Egg vs. West Egg
Transcript of East Egg vs. West Egg
East Egg and West Egg are both wealthy sides of town, however they both gained their wealth differently. East Egg symbolizes "old money" while West Egg symbolizes "new money". The people of East Egg are snobby and are stuck-up and only care about themselves. They also were born into their own wealth, while the people of West Egg had to work for their money.
"I lived at West Egg, the-- well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them" (Chapter 1, page 9)
"Oh, I'll stay in the East, don't you worry,' he said, glancing at Daisy and then back at me as if he were alert for something more. 'I'd be a God Damn fool to live anywhere else." (Chapter 1, page 15)
This quote explains that West Egg isn't as fashionable or high class as East Egg is but it is still a wealthy community.
This quote explains how Tom Buchanan thinks East Egg is the best place to live, and he doesn't think anywhere else, even West Egg is better.
By Ashley, Kelsey, Chris and Dean
The impact that these symbols have on the plot of The Great Gatsby is that they separate the two towns by making a rivalry between them to be the higher class town. Tom looks at the people of West Egg as if they are all bootleggers, while everyone in West Egg thinks that the people of West Egg are snobs since they were born with the money they have.
"Everyone in West Egg is a bootlegger".
Chapter 7, Page 141
This quote explains the judgement Tom has towards the people of West Egg, mainly speaking towards Gatsby.