The Great Gatsby

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CHAPTER 2
1.Why does the Valley of Ashes exist in this novel? Who is T. J. Eckleburg, and why is he here? -to show how there is an area of poverty, even though there are two luxurious cities surrounding this area called the Valley of Ashes -it may represent the image that may be hidden in the West and East Eggs -T. J. Eckleburg seems to be of somebody in the higher class -He is here to represent God; “look out of no face..from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose” -It seems like T. J. Eckleburg is watching over the society

2.How does Nick describe the Wilsons and their garage?
-Nick describes their garage as “unprosperous and bare”
-he seems to have given the Wilsons the benefit of the doubt that this was truly their garage; Nick said “it had occurred to me that this shadow of a garage must be a blind, and that sumptuous and romantic apartments were concealed overhead” -Mr. Wilson: “blond, spiritless man, faintly handsome, light blue eyes” -Mrs. Wilson: mid-30s, thickish figure: faintly stout, seems to be in more control than Mr. Wilson (she completely walks past her husband, but when she needs a favor done, she acts sweetly; “without turning around spoke to her husband in a soft, coarse voice: “get some chairs, why don’t you, so somebody can sit down.”)

3.How does Myrtle Wilson change when she goes into town?
-she is given more feminine traits (buys magazine, small flask of perfume, waited for a taxi with a lavender-colored with gray upholstery) -enthusiastic about dogs; shows that she has feelings & she cares for others

4.Who do we meet at the party in this chapter? How would you compare this party to the earlier one? -Catherine: slender, 30 years old, sticky bob of red hair, cares a lot about her appearance (wears make up, eyebrows plucked) -Mr. McKee: pale, feminine man, clean-shaven, most respectful, photographer -Mrs. McKee: shrill, lacks spirit, handsome, horrible, Myrtle’s sister -This party is more...
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