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...e text the Valley of Ashes is the focal point of the destruction of Gatsby and Daisy where Daisy murders Myrtle; this is representative of hell as it represents how all of their hopes and dreams had been derailed and it marked the end of the façade of the American dream that Myrtle represented. For Fitzgerald to allow this to happen, he is representing how the blanket that had been cast over Carraway’s eyes had been lifted after the death of Myrtle. If, in fact, Myrtle was a metaphor for the American dream, when she is killed the blanket had been lifted and Carraway was able to realise more clearly overtime that he was able to do what he dreamed of, and not what America dreamed of. Therefore, the Valley of Ashes is representative of hell and the people within it represent the American dream that had a detrimental effect on the livelihood of America’s social climbers.
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