Setting and example significance long island and new

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Setting and Example Significance Long Island and New York City Nick describes his house as “an eyesore” that’s “squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season,” (p.2). The significance of Long Island and New York City is the fact that most of the plot is structured around the arrogance and social norms of a lifestyle in these cities. The people are rich and have a lot of leisure time to spend doing nothing. No one is concerned with real matters in the world, they only care about themselves and how they can make more money. They spend their time trying to please those around them and conforming to the societal standards placed on them because of the ways of others in the city. East side/West side “I lived at West Egg, the — well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them,” (p.5). The significance of the East and West sides is the underlying meanings of each. Wealth is a common theme throughout the novel and the split in the sides highlight the types of wealth that come from each. Nick lives in West Egg, which the lower-class side along with Gatsby, although he is wealthy, he has not been able to complete his transformation into a member of the social elite. 1920’s “Make us a cold drink,” cried Daisy. (p.79). The 1920’s are a significant time period for the novel to occur in because of the culture and societal norms it possesses. The 1920’s, also known as the, “Roaring Twenties” were a time of prosperity and joy as the country was just coming out of World War 1. This was a time when alcohol was illegal, yet was still manufactured and sold in secret. All characters in this novel seem to be drunk constantly and Gatsby made his money through selling this illegal alcohol. Significance of the opening scene: The Opening scene shows us Nick Caraway’s viewpoints on society. It also gives us background to Nick and his family. He thinks himself to be nonjudgmental which causes others to confide in him (even though it may not be so good). Nick is our narrator so it is important to learn his background and mentality so we can understand how reliable he is.
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We learn that he no longer lives in New York and that he is writing the novel a year after the events. We are also almost immediately introduced to the Buchanan family and the setting in Long Island with West Egg (Gatsby and Nick/ New money) and East Egg (Buchanan/ Old money). Significance of the closing scene: The ending scene shows Nick’s Caraway’s perspective of the American dream. The American dream is very short lived. Money can lead to corruption. There will always be people like Tom, who is born with everything he needs. Others have to work hard to attain success. There is no real shortcut. Themes: The power of love can lead the unsteady to a dark and treacherous place. The American Dream will not always lead to a happy life. Wealth and power can make an insecure person feel dominant. Marriage is a sacred relationship but can be violated when the right person is found. Hopelessness can come in all forms of money.
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