The Great Gatsby

The description of the "valley of ashes" opens this chapter. Literally, what is the valley of ashes?

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The area in between the West Egg and New York City is known as the Valley of Ashes. Literally, this area is poor, dirty, and covered in ashen dust. The Valley of Ashes is the garbage dump of the wealthy.... a place they do not want to go and certainly don't want to see.


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