How does Nick fit into East and West Egg societies in The Great Gatsby?

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East EggResidents of East Egg are generally known for being "old money," and because of this they are often seen as being more classy. Although Nick doesn’t come from extreme wealth, he does have relations living in East Egg, which is what gives him the foot in the door....

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East Egg
Residents of East Egg are generally known for being "old money," and because of this they are often seen as being more classy. Although Nick doesn’t come from extreme wealth, he does have relations living in East Egg, which is what gives him the foot in the door. He is Daisy’s cousin, and he knows Tom from school, so those connections give him an “in” in East Egg society. In the beginning of the novel, Nick states,

I lived at West Egg, the—well, the least fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.

He goes on to criticize residents of both Eggs throughout the novel, and in that sense, he also fits into East Egg, as the residents of East Egg tend to be more critical of others, as they feel a sense of superiority from their old money.

West Egg
Residents of West Egg are known for being "new money." Though Nick has moved to New York to make money, he isn’t considered rich by any means, he definitely doesn’t come from old money. So in this sense he fits in better with the West Egg crowd. The “classy” folk from East Egg tend to be more fancy, and this is not necessarily Nick. West Egg is considered (primarily by those from East Egg) to be the less fashionable of the two areas, and Nick, being new to town, seems to quickly find a place with Gatsby in the West Egg crowd.

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In Chapter One, we see where Nick came from and why he has gone East. We learn that his family started poor and worked themselves into a strong family in his town, that Nick went to a premier school, that he fought in the war, and that he is currently studying bonds. He fits into West Egg, the less fashionable Egg, because he is new to town, and his families' money in relatively "new" money. He isn't wealthy as Gatsby is wealthy, but his family has worked hard for the money they have. Nick has worked hard to get to his current position. The idea of "new" money is associated with West Egg.

At the same time, he is related to Daisy and he went to school with Tom and Daisy both. This puts him in society with the East Egg residents, those whose money is a deep-rooted family tradition. Nick is there to study bonds, he isn't currently in school or employed, so he is able to enjoy the leisure of life that the East Egg residents enjoy too. In these ways, he fits into both societies.

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