What Does The West Egg Represent In The Great Gatsby

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Finally at the end of the passage Nick describes the West Egg by comparing it to one of the Greco’s painting. Nick says “I see it as a night scene by El Greco: a hundred houses, at once conventional and grotesque, crouching under a sullen overhanging sky and lustreless moon.” When looking at the painting, there is a wealthy city with grand buildings and houses on top of a hill, but behind the buildings there is a dark cloud. The dark cloud symbolizes the hidden secrets and lies behind the wealth and riches in the West. By Nick comparing the West Egg to a painting instead of describing it through his own experiences, it suggest that he doesn’t want to be associated with the West Egg and wants to distance himself from there. He seems to be disgusted on how the wealthy people are living their life with secrets and lies.…show more content…
He sees that the wealth in the East has become corrupt and deadly. Nick also talks about a drunk women being carried on a stretcher by four men in dress suits carrying her to the wrong house, “Gravely the men turn in at a house - the wrong house, but no one knows the woman’s name, and no one cares. Nick is most likely describing a scene in which could happened after one of Gatsby’s parties. No other guest seems to care about the woman’s condition since it seems to be a normal thing for them to see. This line from the passage creates an impression that the people in the East doesn’t care about others but only cares about having fun and being entertained with their wealth. The human isolation is a huge contrast to Nick’s description of the
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