When Nick Carraway moves from the Midwest to the East Coast, he settles on Long Island, NY in the West Egg. However, he oftentimes visits his cousin Daisy in the East Egg. Throughout the novel, it becomes apparent that the West Egg represents “new money” and the East Egg represents “old money” and aristocracy. An individual who has “new money” is someone who has gained a great amount of wealth within his or her own lifetime. ”Old money” refers to individuals who have inherited money from generation to generation.
- How are these two groups represented in The Great Gatsby? What are some indicators of social class that Fitzgerald includes in his descriptions of the two Eggs that contrast each other?
- Some people argue that the American dream is still very achieveable today. Who are some figures in America that have acquired wealth within their own generation?
- Can you think of any signs or indicators today that could differentiate whether an individual belongs to “new money” or “old money?”