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Social Differences Essay

  • Submitted by: senior09
  • on December 8, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,515 words

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Growth and prosperity, the way the people in the 1920s thought of as their time to improve.   However, the dreams of new beginnings, success, and the American dream become corrupt with the ignorance of wealth and the mind of the careless.   F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, uses geography to symbolize the differences between the three social classes: the valley of ashes, the West Egg and the East Egg.   Each one has specific characteristics that relates to the people who reside in that area. The poor, working class describe the valley of ashes, where the low social status people live.   The West Egg represents the middle class or the low end of the high-class people.   West Eggers have to earn their money to become New Money, to be like the East Eggers.   Wealthy and careless people live in the East Egg. The high status people who do not have to work for their money live.   Fitzgerald incorporates the use of characters to influence the setting among the three geographically defined social classes.  
The working class lives in the valley of ashes.   The factories that they work for cover them with soot and ashes that are the leftovers from the wealthy people’s life.   “…where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and finally, with a transcendent effort of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air” (p. 23).   This symbolizes the poor people underneath the wealthy people.   The men move dimly because they know that they will never be anything and the things they do work for, they will never achieve.   The waist of the factories coat over and empower the poor.   The powdery air indicates the foggy view the poor and the wealthy have between each other.   Just as Wilson has dim view for the wealthy as they do for him, he does not understand why he has such a hard time making a living.   “...one of the three shops it contained was for rent and another by a trail of ashes; the third was a garage---Repairs.   GEORGE B. WILSON.   Cars...

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