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Locations as Metaphors in The Great Gatsby

F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby often uses locations
as metaphors for the qualities of the characters and for the themes of the
novel.This occurs with West Egg and East Egg, where the distance between
the two sides represents Gatsby’s distance from Daisy, his longing for his
dream, and the fact that the dream may not be attainable.West Egg and
East Egg also represent the differences in the characters of Gatsby and
Daisy, especially communicating that Gatsby’s attempts to reinvent himself
can only take him so far.The valley of ashes is also important because it
contributes to the theme of the novel by showing the result of wealth.The
all-seeing eyes of the billboard looking over the valley of ashes also
represents that the characters cannot escape judgement.These metaphors
all contribute to the theme of how money is not the solution to life, but
Thefirst metaphor occurs with West Egg and East Egg, two egg-shaped
islands lying opposite each other and separated by a bay.West Egg is the
island where Gatsby lives and also the less fashionable of the two islands.
While West Egg is less fashionable, it is also the more real of the two
islands.This includes that it is the island where the narrator Nick lives
in a small rented bungalow.West Egg still has its share of mansions but
there is also a sense of reality to the place.In contrast, East Egg is
all mansions, with the sense of elite making it the least real of the two
islands.Thefirst reason this location is relevant is because it
represents Gatsby’s physical separation from Daisy and his longing for her.
Gatsby lives on West Egg and Daisy lives on East Egg.This makes Gatsby
quite close to her, yet he remains separated by the body of water.His
longing is captured by the way he gazes across the bay at the green light
“that burns all night at the end of your dock” (Fitzgerald 94).Nick

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