Great Gatsby: Chapter two
-Tom Buchanan takes Nick to George Wilson's garage, which lies at the edge of the valley of ashes. - He then meets women named Myrtle, who Tom is having an affair. - Nick, then is forced to travel with Tom and Myrtle to the city. There, Tom and Myrtle decide to have a vulgar party with Myrtle’s sister, Catherine, and a couple named McKee. - The group gossip about Jay Gatsby. There rumors start to stir up when Catherine begins to tell the group how she claims Gatsby to be related to Kaiser Wilhelm, the ruler of Germany during WWI. - Later during the evening, Nick states that the group gets drunk, and that in his whole entire life, he has been drunk twice, and the second time was that afternoon. - Myrtle begins to get extremely talkative, and harsh, and begins to annoy Tom by chanting out Daisy’s name. Tom tells her that “she has no right to say Daisy’s name”, but in the end, Myrtle continues to taunt him, causing Tom to break Myrtle’s nose. Conflicts
-Tom and Myrtle
Even though Tom and Myrtle are together, and seem happy, there times in the end of the chapter that show toms anger towards Myrtle ( breaking her nose) Whats more, is how he gets anger at her when she starts chanting Daisy’s name to the group. “Keeps her in her place” -Myrtle and George Wilson
Point of View
1st person- Nick as the narrator
-George‘s wife and Tom’s mistress
-“ … moment the thickish figure of a women blocked out the light from the office door. She was in her middle thirties, and faintly stout, but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously as a women can. Her face…” (25) -her good quality is constantly to improve her situation. Has a lot of self-confidence. - Nick states that even “though she isn’t pretty, she has a lot of energy as her nerves were continuously smouldering” - her emotions change constantly, which makes her a bit fake. - cheating on her husband who loves her very much, with Tom, who treats her badly. - In comparison to Daisy, Myrtle is vital. While Daisy wears all white in chapter one, Myrtle dresses in saturated colours and wears deep red lips. Myrtle is straightforward. George Wilson
-A man whose only passion is his love for his wife
-Works in a shabby garage.
-A contrast with Tom, a morally upright man who lacks money and privilege Tom Buchanan
-the chapter shows Tom’s hypocrisy and lack of restraint. -Feels no guilt for betraying Daisy, but feels to compelled to keep Myrtle in her place. - Tom at one point in the chapter turns into a bully who uses social status and physical strength to dominate those around him- taunts Wilson while having an affair with his wife; no guilt for his behavior. -does not hesitates to use his power to lash out at Myrtle.
- Myrtle\s sister, “slender, worldy girl about thirty, with a sticky bob of red hair” who functions as Nick’s companion at Myrtle’s request. Mr. Mrs. McKee
-A couple who live in the hotel where Tom and Myrtle and Nick go for a party. Themes
American Dream- the wanting of wealth from Myrtle
Values- Toms’ affair with Myrtle, and taunting George
Appearance vs. Reality
Halfway between West Egg and New York City sprawls a desolate plain, a gray valley where New York’s ashes are dumped.
Great Gatsby: Chapter 3
feb 18th 2013
-Nick begins the chapter with the introduction of Gatsby’s Saturday night parties, which are famously known throughout New York. -The parties are lavish, and guest marvel at the site of wealth throughout the lot. (Food, musicians, pool, and most importantly the unlimited liquor he generously supplies to the guest every weekends. -Nick states that Gatsby’s mansion is packed- very few of them seem to be invited, and even fewer have met Gatsby face to face. -Nick meets Jordan Baker, who is more bitter than usual since she lost the tournament. - People seem to enjoy gossiping about the host, as one even states that they...
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