The setting and location of one’s house can convey a great deal about a person. In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald uses characters’ houses as a way to describe characters themselves. In this novel Fitzgerald relates, through the characters’ houses, their temperament,values, and place in society.
The fact that Nick Carraway lives in West Egg says a considerable amount about his character and personality. Nick compares East Egg and West Egg as such: “I lived at West Egg, the- well, less fashionable of the two, a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.” Those who live in East Egg, represented by Tom and Daisy, are the cheaters, liars and manipulators, using others for their own personal entertainment or advancement — more info here.
We see this displayed throughout the novel and summed up perfectly in one sentence, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” Nick, living in West Egg, bears the opposite traits of those living in East Egg.He is non-judgemental and does not use others for his own benefit as is displayed by his refusal of Gatsby’s business proposals.
Direct similarities can be seen between the description of Nick’s bungalow and Nick’s character throughout the book.Nick describes his house as “squeezed between two huge places.” Thus could be said for Nick himself. He is squeezed in the middle of both Gatsby and Daisy’s affair and Tom and Myrtle’s affair. Nick sees his house as an “eye-sore” that has been “over-looked.” Throughout the novel, Nick’s feelings as the go-between in both situations have been over-looked, no one stopping to ask how he feels, everyone proceeding with reckless abandonment to the unfortunate end. The reader sees this when Tom insists upon Nick meeting...