In The Great Gatsby, why does Jordan live in New York City instead of in West Egg or East Egg?  Is she a model representative of New York residents?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What an interesting question!  Putting myself into Fitzgerald's thought process, I would say that the reason why Jordan Baker lives in New York City proper instead of East Egg or West Egg is because she is neither "new rich" or "old rich," but something like "continuing rich."  She was a childhood friend of Daisy, so you know she grew up with at least some money; however, she is a professional golfer (who sometimes cheats), so she does earn money continually.  Thus, she isn't someone who simply lives off of an inheritance or someone who has worked herself up from being dirt poor either.  I suppose that Fitzgerald would say that she doesn't belong in either of the "Eggs."  It's a well known fact, of course, that there are plenty of rich people living within the city limits of New York.  Jordan fits within that category.

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