The Great Gatsby Questions and Answers
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby book cover
Start Your Free Trial

How does the setting of The Great Gatsby influence the behavior of the characters?

Expert Answers info

Gretchen Mussey eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write10,322 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby is set during the 1920s and vividly captures the essence of the era and the carefree, immoral nature of the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald's story is set in New York City on Long Island, in two affluent communities known as the East Egg and West Egg.

Inhabitants of the East Egg, like Tom and Daisy Buchanan, come from "old money" and are depicted as selfish, greedy individuals who are immoral to the core yet appear to be refined and civilized. Tom and Daisy are both products of their environment and are primarily concerned with their financial stability and social status. Tom takes advantage of George Wilson in order to carry on an affair with his wife, while Daisy refuses to be with Gatsby after she discovers that he is a bootlegger.

Jay Gatsby lives in the West Egg, where residents come from "new money" and are less established than the austere East Eggers. Jay Gatsby and his magnificent, over-the-top parties epitomize the Jazz Age, and his financial prosperity...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 939 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Wallace Field eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)


calendarEducator since 2016

write7,363 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Susan Hurn eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write2,150 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

check Approved by eNotes Editorial