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Class differences in the great gatsby

In the Roaring Twenties, people from all the social classes suddenly became aware of the class differences.This may be the effect of the jump on the stock market or the aftermath of a world war.It was evident that the social classes were clearly divided by location, amount of material possessions and the way one person acts.Fitzgerald illustrates these class differences in the 1920's in The Great Gatsby by introducing to us different characters of different social classes and distinctly describes them in the way they act belonging to that of one class.Fitzgerald also introduces to us a setting that was designed to show these class differences by placing them in different locations with a basic layout.Characters such as the Buchanans, Gatsby and the Wilsons are all examples of how Fitzgerald lays it out for the reader to pick up and the novel surely shows how they conflict over these class differences.
The setting in The Great Gatsby is used mainly to illustrate the class differences in the roaring twenties.There are three main places as to which the story takes place in that shows the class differences the most.These three places are East egg, West egg and the Valley of Ashes.A man named Nick Carraway is the narrator of this book and he describes to us these locations vividly.He lived at West Egg and he described it as "the less fashionable of the two, (west and east egg), though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them." (Fitzgerald, 9)By this, he meant that West egg was not really less fashionable than East egg because they are two egg-like piece of land that was physically the same in shape and size.However, it was less fashionable in the sense of the classes that lived there.People who lived in West egg were more of the newly rich and upper middle-class.Across the bay, was East egg, and those that lived there were even richer an…