The Great Gatsby-Chapter 2

What is the Valley of Ashes An area halfway between New York City and West Egg, the Valley of Ashes is an industrial wasteland covered in ash and soot.
What does New York City symbolize all the “mystery and beauty in the world,”
What does the West Egg symbolize the people who have gotten rich off the roaring economy of the Roaring Twenties,
What does the Valley of Ashes symbolize stands for the dismal ruin of the people caught in between. Absolute poverty and desolation. the moral decay hidden behind he facades of the Eggs
Valley of Ashes quotes This is a Valley of Ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms 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.
Valley of Ashes- description …dumped. The ashes cover everything, including the men who live there. Area of desolation. • Bounded on one side by a small foul river- when the drawbridge is up- passengers on waiting trains can stare at the dismal scene for as long as half an hour
What do The Eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg symbolize to Nick? the haunting waste of the past, which lingers on though it is irretrievably vanished, much like Dr. Eckleburg’s medical practice.
The Eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg ..huge spectacled eyes from a billboard for an eye doctor’s no longer existing practice put their to grow his practice. Eyes are dimmed by many paintless days under sun and rain and brood on over the solemn dumping groundThese haunting, unblinking eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg watch over everything in the Valley of Ashes. Makes people uncomfortable- makes Tom uncomfortable
what color are the eyes and spectacles (glasses) blue eyes and yellow spectacles, retinas one yard high. • No face- but look out the enourmous yellow spectacles which pass over an non-existent nose
How does the reader come across the Valley of Ashes and the billboard for the Eyes of Dr TJ Eckleburg he is on the train with Tom traveling to New York City who insists on stopping to show Nick his mistress (who lives in the valley of the ashes
Who is George Wilson an auto mechanic and the husband of Tom’s mistress (Myrtle)
How does Tom treat George Wilson he is arrogant and a jerk. George is doing some car work for him
What does Tom say to Myrtle while at the auto shop that he wants to see her and to come to the city with him
What does George think of Myrtle going to New York City he is ignorant of what is going on. He thinks Myrtle goes to the city to visit her sister
What does Myrtle decide she wants to purchase a dog. So Tom buys her a puppy
Is Nick comfortable with the situation of Myrtle and Tom No- he tries to leave but Tom and Myrtle stop him.
What does Tom have in New York City an apartment where he and Myrtle carry on their affair
Who are Myrtles neighbors at the apartment Mr. McKee and Mrs. Mckee
Who is Myrtles sister Catherine
Who comes to the apartment in New York and what do they do while there Catherine, Mr and Mrs McKee, Tom, Myrtle and Nick- they drink a lot of whiskey and Nick gets drunk for the second time in his life
How do the others react when Nick mentions that he lives in the West Egg catherine goes on and on about the fabulous parties this guy Gatsby throws
What does Catherine tell Nick about Myrtle and Tom that they both hate their spouses. She also says Tom doesn’t divorce Daisy and marry Myrtle because Daisy is Catholic and doesn’t believe in divorce (that is not true- daisy is not catholic- tom is lying to myrtle)
What does Myrtle say about marrying George Wilson that she married below her social class when she married George. That she did not know he was poor until someone picked up the borrowed suit he wore at their wedding
What do Tom and Myrtle argue about and what is confirmed about Tom Tom gets angry at Myrtle for saying Daisy’s name and she won’t stop. Tom breaks her nose confirming that he is physically abusive.
What is in the Valley of the Ashes and who does it make rich Valley of Ashes is a lot of factories that pollute the areas around them into a grotesque and ghastly version of a beautiful countryside. Much of the new rich make their living off of these factories.
Valley of Ashes serves what two purposes shows the line between the haves and the have nots- in the valley of ashes – the beauty of the world has been transformed into a horrible hellscape of gray ashes and area of desolationshows how disconnected the rich are from the source of their wealth. the construction boom that is making the land into the valley of ashes is also what is boosting the new money class in west egg. Lets the rich get richer
Who is the only one from the valley of ashes not covered by ash Myrtle Wilson. She stands out from her surroundings and doesnt blend into the cement color around her. She is ambitious and eager to escape her life. She steps towards Tom a rich man nly passing through.
How are the eyes described in Chapter 2 eyes brood on over the solemn dumping ground (the valley of the ashes) Could symbolize that they represent the eyes of God staring down at the moral decay of the 1920’s.
What does the faded paint of the eyes symbolize the extent to which humanity has lost its connection to God. The reader could infer that the eyes could represent the eyes of God watching over everyone
Who does Nick meet at Tom’s New York apartment Mr. McKee -An effeminate photographer, Catherine, a woman of about thirtyMrs, McKee -shrill, languid, handsome, and horrible.
The valley of the ashes can be described as stark and alienating
Which words best describe Myrtle lively and class conscious; sensuous and desperate
What words best describe Myrtle’s husband George Wilson weak and ineffectual; lifeless yet handsome man colored gray by the ashes in the air
How does Nick feel about the other partygoers He finds them repulsive yet fascinating
What sits in the valley between the East and West Egg An ash heap
Who lives at the garage Tom and Nick visit Tom’s lover
Why does the party breakup Tom hits Myrtle in the face
where does Nick first meet Tom’s mistress Myrtle Valley of the Ashes- at her husbands garage
How would you describe Tom’s character in Chapter 2? Dismissive, abusive, bully, rough, pushy, snob, hypocrite, doesn’t care what others thinkSpeaks to George Wilson and Mr. McKee dismissively when they want to talk business like they are beneath him. He uses his body to get what he wants- forcing Nick off the train to meet his mistress (pushy, brute, bully)He breaks Myrtles nose (abusive)He treats Myrtle badly and can get away with it by buying her gifts like the puppy. (callous)He flaunts his mistress in public (has no shame) but beats Myrtle (lower class) for saying Daisy’s (higher class) name. (snob, hypocrite)Says George is so dumb he doesn’t know he’s alive (snob)Rude/callous and flaunts his mistress in public but doesn’t care and can get away with it because of his place in society
What makes Tom uncomfortable in Chapter 2? the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckelberg
How is Myrtle described in Chapter 2? Thick figured, middle thirties, faintly stout, carried surplus flesh sensuously. Her face contained no facet or gleam of beauty but had a vitality Dresses in colors and described as sensuous when she is at garage Myrtle is a social climber and despearte to get away from her depressing life with George
How does Myrtle change when she is in New York City She is fake, vulgar, gossipy, superficial ( clothes and material things), obnoxious, outspoken and drunk. She throws a party and invites her neighbors to show off her “status” – money and power.She sees herself as superior to others and invites them over to show that off
Why does Myrtle change her clothes in NYc to leave behind her lower class status and adopt a new personality
How does Myrtle act at the party in the apartment in NYC she gets drunk & defiant and talks about how miserable she is in her marriage. Becomes outspoken and considers herself superior to others and equal to Tom
How does Tom remind Myrtle of her place (class) He breaks her nose when she won’t quit talking about Daisy.
What does Myrtle resent She resents being married to George and that he is lower class. She is a social climber and let’s Tom treat her badly for material things- apartment, clothes, accessories (like the dog)
Who is Catherine and how is she described Myrtle’s sister. Bright red hair,- bob style- lots of makeup, Slender, around 30, lots of accessories and bracelets. Given the idea that she is fashionable (makes a clicking sound everytime she moves.
What can you guess about Catherine from what she says and how she is described? Description makes you think she is a flapper girl. She is independent and shares a room in a hotel with a girl friend.Modern and carefree. Thinks that Tom and Myrtle should divorce their spouses and marry – breaking traditional roles and views.Image is important to her. Drops that she attended one of Gatsby’s parties and wants to work on Long Island
How does Nick develop in Chapter 2? Nick is disgusted by the party but too intrigued to leave. (judgemental??)Not as non-judgmental as described in Chapter 1- finds the people at the party in the apartment obnoxious and grotesque. You can see that in his description of Mrs. McKee (shrill, languid, handsome, and horrible) Mr. Mckee (a pale feminine man in the artistic game- photographer – and just ordinary – not artistic, shallow and dull)
what does the Valley of Ashes symbolize the moral decay hidden by the beautiful facades of the Eggs- which has the same human ugliness as in the valley – just covered up with beauty

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