Are there major differences between West Egg and East Egg in The Great Gatsby? If so, what is the purpose of this strategy?

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The primary difference between the two Long Island beach communities known as East Egg and West Egg concerns the class distinction between the two areas. The residents of East Egg hail from old money and have inherited most of their wealth. They have been wealthy for generations and believe they...

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The primary difference between the two Long Island beach communities known as East Egg and West Egg concerns the class distinction between the two areas. The residents of East Egg hail from old money and have inherited most of their wealth. They have been wealthy for generations and believe they are superior to West Egg residents.

In contrast, West Egg residents are considered the "new rich" and have recently amassed their wealth. While East Egg residents tend to behave more formally and sophisticated, West Egg residents like Jay Gatsby are more ostentatious with their wealth and publicly engage in revelries, which would be considered somewhat lowbrow in East Egg.

The symbolic nature of both areas underscores the characters's backgrounds and highlights the fact that Gatsby will never be accepted into the East Egg community. Even though he is directly across the bay from Daisy, he will never be able to complete his transformation to become a member of East Egg's social elite.

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The East Egg and West Egg are symbolic locations based on Long Island, New York.  The East Egg is Old Money, and the West Egg is New Money.  Naturally the East Egg looks down on the West Egg.

This difference is used to highlight the importance of money and class in Gatsby's world.

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