This map plots the settings and references in The Great Gatsby

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New York City

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.