Wednesday, June 2, 2010

East Egg Vs. West Egg

In the Great Gatsby, there are two cities, East Egg and West Egg, which are separated by the Valley of Ashes. What city you live in between the two, shows if you are from a wealthy family (East Egg) or if you are new to wealth (West Egg).

People in East Egg come from families that always had money. They're more snobby, greedy, and mean than people from West Egg, as those from East Egg are generally less-sophisticated, and a more innocent type of people, as they haven't been consumed by material possessions, money, and greed their whole lives. The Buchanans, for example, are a family of East Egg, which Tom Buchanan was born of a wealthy family, and the greedy Daisy, who married into this money. They have a very large mansion for a home, and are a somewhat of a stuck up family. East Egg is portrayed as corrupt in the novel, and and is moral-less, compared to the more humble West Egg.

According to F. Scott Fitzgerald, the West Egg is "less fashionable" with "wide lawns and friendly trees." Most of the people that live in the West Egg have morals and ethics to live by, rather than their own money, such as Nick Carraway. After Nick does Gatsby the favor of reuniting him with Daisy, he offers Nick the chance to take part in Gatsby's business and earn more money. Even though Nick struggles to sell bonds, he politely declines, realizing that Gatsby was only returning the favor. This shows that Nick has dignity, and doesn't live off the image portrayed by how much money he has or makes.

Sources: The Great Gatsby


  1. East egg and west egg are not separated by the valley of ashes, rather the bay or Long Island Sound. West Egg and New York is separated by the valley of ashes.

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  2. Yes, these are real places. East Egg is Sands Point, N.Y. West Egg is Kings Point, N.Y.

  3. the valley of ashes isn't in-between east egg and west egg thanks. god. my g jay lives in east egg to spy on his bae daisy not to see T.J. Eckleburg eyes. God. its a bit more scenic thanks. get with it