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Significance of Setting in The Great Gatsby
Transcript of Significance of Setting in The Great Gatsby
Setting- the place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place
Two types of class:
- new money
- East Egg
- West Egg
- Valley of Ashes
Represents new money
Where Gatsby reside
Looked down upon society
Represents old money
Where Tom & Daisy reside
Snobby & materialistic people
Look down upon people coming into their money
The Valley of Ashes
Where Myrtle & Tom reside
Dr. TJ Eckleburg
Now onto the "Clash of Class"!
Gatsby vs. Daisy
The Green Light
Tom vs. Myrtle
Tom's Secret Apartment
Gatsby and Daisy love each other
Difference in class doesn't allow them to be together
Represents Gatsby's dreams and hopes of being with Daisy
Represents a barrier between Gatsby and Daisy's love for each other
Located on the dock of Daisy's house
Where Tom has his affair with Myrtle
Represents infidelity and scandal
"The one on my right was a
affair by any standard—it was a factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side,
under a thin beard of raw ivy, and
a marble swimming pool
and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It was Gatsby’s mansion."
"Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red and white
Georgian Colonial mansion
overlooking the bay. The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile, jumping over sun-dials and
brick walks and burning gardens
—finally when it reached the house drifting up the side in
as though from the momentum of its run. The front was broken by a
line of French windows
, glowing now with reflected gold, and wide open to the warm windy afternoon, and Tom Buchanan in riding clothes was standing with his legs apart on the front porch."
"This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where
like wheat into ridges and hills and
ashes take the forms of houses
and chimneys and rising smoke and finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move
through the powdery air."
Comparison of Class
likes to show his wealth
enjoys expensive things
resembles French architect
extravagance show Tom's pride he has for himself
influenced by society; wanting to fit in
From very different social rankings
lots of ashes; starts to take over the town