A revision summary of the setting of 'The Great Gatsby'.

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Throughout the novel, places and settings epitomise the various aspects of the 1920s American society and themes that Fitzgerald depicts: morality, social class, the American dream. Before watching the clip, students could draw a spider ‘settings’ diagram and list the novel’s key places: East Egg represents the old aristocracy; West Egg the newly rich; the Valley of Ashes represents the moral and social decay of American society, and New York City represents the uninhibited, amoral, soulless quest for money and pleasure. Additionally, the East is connected to the moral decay and social cynicism of New York, while the West (including Midwestern and northern areas such as Minnesota) is connected to more traditional social values and ideals. Encourage students to find references in the text (relating to the setting) that help depict the main themes.