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What is an example of antithesis in The Great Gatsby?

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West Egg seems to serve, in many ways, as the antithesis of East Egg, and New York City serves as the antithesis of the valley of ashes. West Egg is the "less fashionable" of the two Eggs (full of "new moneyed" folks who have earned, not inherited, their money), especially compared to the "white palaces" of the old moneyed folks, who have inherited their fortunes, on East Egg. East Egg residents look down on the residents of West Egg as vulgar and base while the West Egg residents do not seem to understand that their ostentatious behavior renders them completely obvious and ridiculous to others. The contrast between the two Eggs makes their differences seem all the more stark.

New York City seems to be the party place, where the rich go to play. This is where Tom keeps an apartment for his mistress, Myrtle; it's where they go to have sex, get drunk, and have parties. This is also where the Buchanans, Nick, Jordan, and Gatsby go because it's "so hot" in East Egg. They rent a room at an expensive...

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