What Does West Egg Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald uses symbolism to convey themes and to influence the plot of The Great Gatsby through the Billboard, the East and West Egg, and the green light. One of the symbols that Scott Fitzgerald uses is the green light that is at the end of Daisy's Buchanan dock in the East Egg that can be seen from Gatsby's mansion in the West Egg. The green light holds different meanings. One and the most important takeaways is the light represents his love for Daisy that he can never reach. The main reason that Gatsby bought his mansion there is his ability to see Daisy's home from across the bay. The light is a symbol of hope that he may one day be with Daisy. In the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald wrote “I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock… His Dream must have felt so close that he can hardly fail to grasp it” (189). Gatsby was close to achieving his dream, but at the end he dies. This can also be linked to the theme of The Great Gatsby. Many people at the time …show more content…

The East and West Egg represent the social divide between the upper classes. East Egg houses the old, rich families. The West Egg represents the newly rich. The people from the East Egg were born with power and money. They are the snobby rich people that have not had to work for the money. Everything was given to them. The people of the West Egg have worked to get the position they are in. They are the new rich. They have achieved the American Dream by working hard and because of that they have become wealthy. In the Great Gatsby Fitzgerald writes “I lived at the West Egg the-well the less fashionable of the two” (). It is not as nice but still has homes that are very expensive. Gatsby mansion is in the West Egg. This separates Gatsby and Daisy. Daisy is part of the more civil class and lives in the East Egg. While Gatsby is part of the new rich and is more uncivilized

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