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Behind the American Dream. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald contrasts the two fictional peninsulas known as West Egg and East Egg. Both parts symbolize wealth, class, and social standing

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´╗┐In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald contrasts the two fictional peninsulas known as West Egg and East Egg. Both parts symbolize wealth, class, and social standing which the people of both routes dedicate their lives to become high-end and experience the corruption of the American Dream. The difference between Eastern and Western values as represented are strongly announced. "East Egg represents an inherited position, the "old aristocracy" while West Egg represents the "self-made rich", the newcomers of the social class." The people of both Eggs focus between the powerful and the powerless, which causes conflict and separation between the two. Both of the eggs love their money but have solid differences, which conclude in conflicts to strive for power and pleasure. ...read more.


"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together." (Fitzgerald, 79). They used their wealth to run away from killing Myrtle in the novel, without confessing or an apology. West Eggers are individuals who have become rich within their own lifetime rather than inheriting their money. They are known as the newcomers and the life of the party. Gatsby?s extraordinary events are mind-blowing and even attract the East Eggers. "The bar is full of swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other's names." ...read more.


(Fitzgerald 5). The main characters are symbols of the American Dream known as "discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness." Fitzgerald describes the corruption of the dream through his view of the characters lives and conflicts with each other. Both sides represented the characteristics of the West and East, to explain that the American Dream Strong 3 was killed. The West and East went against the "all men were created equal" rule, which causes both to separate, to prove that the true colors of both peninsulas were vivid and different. Within both of their ideals and values, it has been concluded that society will never change. The two were very superficial and their differences shaped their lives by their dependence on money. Their greed has consumed both of them, once and for all. ...read more.

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