The Valley of Ashes is an important aspect of the novel, The Great Gatsby, because it emphasizes on the lifestyle differences between the grey-stricken working class and the golden wealthy. The ashes and everything that is covered in it like the houses and cars shows us that the working class has learned to accept the gloomy way in which they live in. “The ash-grey men swarm up with leaden spades” because they have less hope of migrating to the golden world of the wealthy and that is why their world is so grey and “dimly lit.” j j j j j