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Great Gatsby Setting Map
Transcript of Great Gatsby Setting Map
Fitzergerald included West Egg to portray what the 1920's were about. They were about partying, staying out late, and not caring about the future. West Egg provides a contrast of East Egg.
West and East egg provide examples of the 20's for the rich, but the Valley of Ashes is included to show the reader the distinct difference of classes and their respective lives.
Valley of Ashes
Fitzgerald chose New York as the main setting because New York was the big scene back then and still is today. People went there to have fun and party and that is exactly what the characters in the novel like to do.
Fitzerald included this ominous figure in the story as a figure of judgement. The eyes oversee everything and do not miss anything. It signifies that just because your rich does not mean you can get away with everything.
Eyes of T.J. Eckleberg
The courtesy bay simply signifies the space between Daisy and Gatsby both physically and emotionally. The bay is there in the beginning when the lovers are searching for each other and it is there again once Daisy chooses Tom.
The Courtesy Bay
The Great Gatsby Setting Map
I think Fitzgerald included East Egg because he wanted to illustrate what it meant to be "old money" and how important status was.
"...a cheerful red-and-white Gerorgian mansion, overlooking the bay" (Fitzgerald 6).
"Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered..." (Fitzgerald 5).
"...the less fashionable of the two..." (Fitzgerald 5).
"...it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy..." (Fitzgerald 5).
"My own house was an eye sore, but it was a small eyesore..." (Fitzgerald 5).
Long Island Sound
"...the most domesticated body of salt water in the Western Hemisphere..." (Fitzgerald 5).
Valley of Ashes
"...a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills" (Fitzgerald 23).
T.J Eckleberg Billboard
"But his eyes, dimmed a little over by paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground" (Fitzgerald 24).
Michaelis' Coffee Shop
"...ran the coffee joint beside the ash heaps" (Fitzgerald 136).
"The interior was unprosperous and bare..." (Fitzgerald 25).
Railroad tracks/Motor Road
"...the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it..." (Fitzgerald 23).
"...one of the strangest communities in North America..." (Fitzgerald 4).
Jordan's Aunt's Apartment
"From Louisville..." (Fitzgerald 19).
Tom and Myrtle's apartment
"...a small living room, a small dining room, a small bedroom, and a bath" (Fitzgerald 29).