I have to conduct a presentation about the setting of "The Great Gatsby". What do you think I should particularly consider?What is in your opinion especially important? Thank you very much.

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One of the main considerations for any presentation on the setting is the symbolic significance of the three main place settings: East Egg, West Egg, and the valley of ashes.  East Egg is where Daisy and Tom live.  It is for the upper crust of society; people whose families have had money for many generations.  People there are snobbish and self-centered.  West Egg, where Jay and Nick live, is a little more brash; it's where the up-and-coming members of society put their homes.  People there have money, but they are still a little rough around the edges because it's first generation money.  Then there is the valley of ashes, where Myrtle and George Wilson live and where the "eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg" oversee all that passes by.  This is the place where hopes and dreams go to die and thus it is fitting that Myrtle dies here just after she saw the death of her dream of getting out of poverty.  Important also as a setting, is Jay's house.  He lives in a big, ostentatious mansion. It is bold and brash and a little edgy just as Jay is himself.  Nick's house fits Nick's character, too.  It was a caretaker's cottage -humble and simple.  Nick is like that, plus he is a caretaker of sorts watching over Jay.

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