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"This is a valley of ashes---a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke...." (Fitzgerald 23).
Dr. T.J Eckleburg
"I lived at West Egg, the---well, the less fashionable of the two...." (Fitzgerald 5).
"Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water, and the history of the summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanans." (Fitzgerald 5).
Between West Egg and New York is the Valley of Ashes. Nick describes the ashes taking form of "houses" because there are so many mounds of ashes. The Valley of Ashes represents the death or rotting of the American dream. This makes since because in a way the valley appears dead or that it is rotting itself. Many important characters live here such as Tom's mistress, Myrtle, and her husband, George Wilson. Also in the valley is the billboard of Dr. T. J Eckleburg which will represent God for a lot of characters.
In the story, West Egg represents new money. Living here are people like Nick and Gatsby whose families were poor so they have not always had money. This quote says that West Egg is less fashionable than East Egg. Even though some people from West Egg, like Gatsby, have more money than people in East Egg, they will never be at the same social status as the people in East Egg.
East Egg represents old money. The people who families were rich so they were born rich and have always had money. Tom and Daisy Buchanan are two very important characters that live here. Like Tom and Daisy, people that live here have never really had to work for anything and do not really have a purpose in life.
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