"Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water..." (10). The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the story of what happened between Daisy, Tom, Gatsby and many others in the summer of 1922. Nick Carraway gives the readers an insight view of what is really happening among the characters, and sees what the others can’t see. East Egg and West Egg are separated merely by a small bay, but in reality they are worlds apart.
West Egg is where this story begins. “My own house was an eye-sore, but it was a small eye-sore and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor’s lawn and the consoling proximity of millionaires--all for eighty dollars a month.” (10). His house is squeezed in between too colossal mansions, one being Jay Gatsby’s. In general, West Egg comprises of the middle class, the newly rich, or the wanna bee’s. One could say that West Egg consists of “new money”, or as the book and movie hinted at, bootleggers. People of West Egg love to party and have fun, they are kind of the new generation. Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby are the two inhabitants of West Egg. Both Nick and Gatsby have their eyes on East Egg for their own separate reasons.
“Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water...” (10) Daisy and Tom Buchannan live in “old money” East Egg. East Egg is where the elite upper class live. People living here have always had money. It has been in their families ever since they can remember. Almost every house in East Egg is a mansion, unlike the few mansions in West Egg. Even the people of East Egg are more traditional, meaning they don’t necessarily like to party. Corruption is another part of East Egg, and this corruption involves Nick, and mainly Gatsby, from West Egg.
Money makes both East and West Eggers corrupt. The corruption in West Egg revolves around the illegal and...