This map plots the settings and references in The Great Gatsby
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Although as decadent, fast and urban in 1922 as it is in the modern context, New York City in Gatsby is a secondary setting. It is the place where businessmen meet and where Nick works. It's also where the rich go when bored to entertain themselves with shopping, affairs or simple hedonism.
New York City also represents a version of the American Dream. It is a place of enormous possibility, wealth, hope – and corruption.
The anithesis of life in East and West Egg, the Valley consists of smoky air, piles of ashes, railroad lines and a few scattered businesses; a buffer between the wealth of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the densely populated Brooklyn and Queens areas located just across the East River from New York City.
The south of France – a veritable playground for the rich since the 19th century – became especially popular with Americans in the interwar years. Cannes, along with neighbouring Nice, is one of the most popular and famed resorts on the French Riviera. Since 1946 it has hosted the world-famous Cannes Film Festival.
Central Park is an urban green space in the centre of Manhattan. Opened in 1859, it covers 843 acres. Prior to construction, the rocky, marshy area was inhabited by many impoverished immigrants who were removed in 1857 under the rule of eminent domain (compulsory purchase).