The Great Gatsby Setting & Symbolism

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New York City

New York City is the center of financial activity in the United States, and for decades was also viewed as the center of social activity (in the view of many, it still is). Narrator Nick Carraway works in New York and several of his important encounters with the dissolute, self-indulgent social world of his friends and acquaintances take place there.

Long Island

Long Island is on the Atlantic Ocean coast of New York State and is connected to the island of Manhattan by the Brooklyn Bridge. The eastern end of the island evolved into a vacation/party community for the city's well-to-do and socially ambitious.

West Egg, East Egg

These two communities on the east side of Long Island are marked by a pair of egg-shaped land formations and separated by a bay of water. Gatsby and Nick live in adjoining houses in West Egg...

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