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