What Does The West Egg Represent In The Great Gatsby

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In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, the West Egg represents wealth and the dark side of the American Dream. It also represents the self-made part of America during the 1920s. The West Egg is home to Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire and the host of many extravagant parties. Gatsby's parties symbolize the excessive and fake nature of the 1920s, where wealth and status was more important than anything else. When Nick, the narrator, describes Gatsby's parties, he says “ People were not invited --- they went there” (Fitzgerald 34). This suggests that Gatsby's parties are so unique that people just show up uninvited, just to be a part of something popular. However the West Egg also represents the dark side of the American Dream.
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