Chapter 2 The Great Gatsby Questions

What was the setting like in the “valley of ashes” where George and Myrtle live. The setting: “A fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the form of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight”.
What aspects of the valley imply that it is intended to have a symbolic meaning as well as a literal one? The aspects: The parts where it talks about the gray colors and the description that it is a valley of ashes are trying to say it is desolate and without color, or definition. It seems as if in this book color is an important idea. Where there is no color, there is no excitement or activity. When there is color, there seems to be a lot going on.
How does Nick meet Tom’s mistress? Nick meets Tom’s mistress because Tom insisted that he meet her, and he took Nick out into the country to her house.
How does Myrtle react to Tom’s arrival? “She smiled slowly and, walking through her husband as if he were a ghost, shook hands with Tom, looking him flush in the eye.”
How did George react to Tom’s arrival? When he saw them “a gleam of hope sprang into his light blue eyes”.
How does Myrtle behave as the party progresses? She becomes more hateful and annoying, and very, very drunk.
How does Fitzgerald describe Myrtle Wilson? He describes her as mid-thirties, faintly stout, and a face with no beauty (I wanted to say ugly SO BAD).
Compare the setting of the party in this chapter with the setting of the dinner party in Chapter One. At the party, people were open with their stories, getting drunk, etc. At the dinner party it was more formal, and Daisy was involved. However, they do both have fights about the relationship.
Why does Tom attack Myrtle at the end of the party? Tom attacks Myrtle because she kept on saying Daisy.
Why is the end of Chapter 2 so disjointed? The end of chapter 2 was so vague because Nick got drunk and he couldn’t remember it.

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