What Does The Valley Of Ashes Symbolize
What does the Valley of Ashes symbolize?
The Valley of Ashes functions as a foil to the luxury of East and West Egg, and as a result, the ash can be understood as the conditions of everyday life.
The Valley of Ashes is where ordinary working people like George and Myrtle Wilson live. The Wilsons and the other denizens of the Valley are representative of the vast majority of Americans at that time. For all the opulence, glamor, and phenomenal wealth on display in The Great Gatsby, we should always bear in mind that only a tiny minority were able to enjoy such a privileged lifestyle. The Valley of Ashes provides a stark contrast to the charmed life of the East and West Eggers, acting as a reminder that the American Dream will always, of its very nature, remain unattainable to most people....
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In my opinion the Valley of Ashes represented where dreams when to die. Especially since it lies between East Egg and West Egg it almost as if this desolate land is just an emotional dump full of people who gave up on life because they failed to achieve higher. These are the people that make people from the East Egg and West Egg rich.