The Great Gatsby: Symbolism in The Valley of Ashes.

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The Great Gatsby: Symbolism in The Valley of Ashes The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald has become a literary classic of the 1900's. This book, set in the 1920's, takes place in Long Island Sound and New York. the valley of ashes is found between West Egg and New York City, however in contrast to East and West Egg's rich preeminent society, the valley of ashes is where the poor people live. Its inhabitants …

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…are murdered and our society destroys everything. The thing that has changed the least since the 1920's is the difference between the rich and the poor. the valley of ashes, if it represents nothing else, represents the contrast between wealthy and poor. If we can relate so much to a novel that was written so long ago, then how far has our society really come? Works Cited Fitzgerald, Scott. The Great Gatsby. Toronto: Penguin Books, 1950