Importance Of Setting In The Great Gatsby

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Setting is one of the most important devices to use when writing a strong story. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses setting well in the Great Gatsby as a means to contrast and compare the rich and the poor. East Egg and West Egg are the settings for the rich, The valley of ashes is home for the poor and the hopeless and New York City is the setting for the business of the wealthy, their playground, and a place to hide their secrets. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses setting as a device to highlight differences between the classes. The valley of ashes is the town for the poor. It shows large differences between the classes because it is very dirty and grey. With the sun never shinning there this is clearly a place that higher classes would not expect to live in ever. In the Great Gatsby, Gatsby says “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 and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and…show more content…
Even though people don’t think of setting as an important element in a story. Once it is thought about, every real story has a setting. Word choice isn’t as important as setting since you still can understand the story and know what the characters are doing and where. Including for The Great Gatsby setting is such an important factor for the book, though the book can be confusing at times because it is so fast pace it is much easy to read when the reader understands the setting of the book. In conclusion a story would never be a story if the setting is not there. There is no other element that is as important to a story then setting and the author of The Great Gatsby uses setting to his advantage to tell an amazing story that some can argue that The Great Gatsby was the best book ever made by F. Scott
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