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Outsied Research 3rd

Outsied Research 3rd

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Schafer 1Alex Schafer Mr. CoxAPUSH6 March 2011Third Nine Weeks Outside Research:
The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby
is told through the eyes of Nick Carraway. He is young man who hasrecently returned from World War I and has moved to New York to work. Carraway livesamong those who have recently climbed the social ladder though he himself comes from abackground of wealth. The ways of the new rich and the old rich stand in stark contrast of eachother. This is displayed through the East Egg and the West Egg. Those of the East egg havearistocratic backgrounds while those of the West Egg show how people were able to climb thesocial ladder. This shows how the economy began to change in the twentieth century. It becamepossible for people to move out of their original social classes that once held on to them like acaste system. Carraway has the background of someone from the East Egg but he has recentlybecome wealthy and lives in the West Egg. Tom represents the impurity and dishonest of the oldrich of the East Egg with regards to his affairs with Myrtle. Nick represents the purity of the newrich by being repulsed by the actions at the party with Tom. The valley of ashes where the partyis held shows how both sides can lead to corruption. The characters that attend Gatsby’s partyshow corruption in the West Egg. All of the participants have moral flaws and prefer partying toactually working. Carraway, who is an honest working man, is still drawn into the exciting life.Gatsby proves to be the ultimate in corruption. His wealth brings him absolute power.Fitzgerald’s use of symbolism shows how the wealthy could be corrupt. The residents of theWest Egg represent those who have recently become wealthy and are overly consumed with their 

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