Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Women in the 20s
East vs. West
The Jazz Age
American Dream
The class

Houses in The Great Gatsby

Nick Carraway’s neighbour at West Egg is Gatsby who lives in a great mansion that is similar to a French city hall. At one side a tower is attached to it. Gatsby’s house represents the typical start-up house of newly rich people because it is supposed to look as if it was built a long time ago. The fact that the spanking new walls are only very thinly covered with ivy shows the opposite and that Gatsby uses his home to show off. It is a status symbol for him and he wants to improve his prestige with it by pretending that he belongs to the aristocracy.
In contrast to Gatsby’s house the Buchanans’ mansion at East Egg represents tradition, with fully ivy covered red and white brick walls and French windows. It is old – from the beginnings of America and reminds of the Southern plantation houses in the movie Gone with the Wind.
Like a lot of other houses at East Egg it is built in Georgian Colonial style in the 18th century. This is a Neo-Classical style and refers to the architecture that was typical of the time of the English Kings George I – III. The palladio motive was popular for these houses which means that they have colons. Moreover, the Buchanans’ mansion is inviting and welcoming and there is a close connection between it and nature.

To express this connection F. Scott Fitzgerald uses an extended metaphor and personification of the big lawn in front of it: “The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door [...], jumping over sun-dials and brick walls [...], finally when it reached the house [...]“(p.10,29ff.). An extended metaphor is an metaphor which is used in one passage and some lines later the writer uses it again. In this case the connection between nature and the house is an extended metaphor. In contrast to Gatsby’s mansion, the Buchanans’ house is completely in harmony with nature, the house and the lawn are perfectly fitting together. F.Scott Fitzgerald uses again an extended metaphor when he describes Jordan and Daisy. The two girls are described as if they were on a sailing boat: “The two young women were buoyed up [...], their dresses were rippling and fluttering [...]“(p.12, 4ff.).

By Vroni Hartung & Tina Suren