How would you describe the relationship between the West Egg and East Egg residents?What is the effect of this strict separation of this places? - Can you describe the lifestyle from the newly rich...

How would you describe the relationship between the West Egg and East Egg residents?

What is the effect of this strict separation of this places? - Can you describe the lifestyle from the newly rich and the “old” rich?

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dneshan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The residents of East Egg are considered to be the “old rich”, which means that they have money that has been passed down for generations.  The West Egg residents, on the other hand, as those who have “new money” – characters like Gatsby who were not born with the millions of dollars that they have.  The relationship between these two groups is seen clearly in the first and only Gatsby party that Tom and Daisy attend.  Tom, as most of the East Egg residents, feels that he is better than the West Egg residents.  Tom makes numerous comments pertaining to this -- how he does not belong there or in reference to the other people who do attend the parties.  The fact that Daisy tells Gatsby that she did not like the party also coincides with this feeling of “eliteness” from the East Egg residents.  Additionally, those who were of the old rich do not feel the need to have to show off as those of West Egg would have done. Gatsby is a perfect example of this if you look at the color of his shirts, the color of his car, the clothes that he wears on his first meeting with Daisy, and the extravagance of his mansion.

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The Great Gatsby

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