The valley of ashes lye between West Egg and New York City consists of a long stretch of desolate land created by the dumping of industrial ashes. It represents poverty, moral and social decay that results from the pursuit of wealth, as the rich folks like Daisy and Tom enjoy life and spend money as if there are no problems in the world. The valley of ashes also symbolizes the poor people such as, like George Wilson and his wife who live in Mr. Wilson's garage, live among the dirty ashes. Tom a man of wealth finds the need to have a mistress, Mrs. Wilson who he flatters with anything she wants. “I want to get one of those dogs”, (pg. 28) says Mrs. Wilson and without much resistance Tom buys the dog for him mistress.
In the novel The Great Gatsby the valley of ashes symbolizes absolute poverty and hopelessness, and is where the less fortunate