The Great Gatsby

Chapter 7 includes many of the novels previous settings. In what way have they changed? What is the function of the Plaza hotel in this chapter?

The Great Gatsby


The Plaza Hotel

Chapter 7

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The garage in the Valley of Ashes now has much more meaning to it. There is a sense of foreboding about its function and symbolism. It is like a rickety bridge about to collapse as it straddles the two worlds of East Egg and New York. The Plaza serves as the place where tensions finally reach a boiling point. All the repressed anger, sexuality, and warped sense of morality come into view. It is like an arena where all the dirty laundry of these characters are displayed.