Great Gatsby Ch.2

How does Nick meet Tom’s mistress? Tom & Nick go on train (on way into New York City), but stop on the way at Wilson’s Garage in Valley of Ashes. They then go into the city & have a party at the apartment Tom rents for his affair with Myrtle
How does Myrtle react to Tom’s arrival? Myrtle seems full of life and lively. She walks sensually down the stair. She was clearly awaiting his arrival.
Describe George Wilson. How does he react to Tom’s arrival? George has blond hair & light blue eyes. He is spiritless, gray – from being in Valley of Ashes, & handsome. He seems hopeful for something that Tom may bring (we’re led to believe it has something to do with a car that Tom was going to sell him).
How does Myrtle behave as the party progresses? She is drunk & bothers Tom about Daisy
Describe the setting of the Valley of Ashes where Gorge & Myrtle live. What aspects of the setting imply that it is intended to have a symbolic meaning as well as a literal one? A wasteland between East & West Egg, where lower class lives. It symbolizes Wilson not being able to achieve the American dream.
How does Fitzgerald describe Myrtle Wilson? Does her physical appearance reflect her character in any way? Myrtle is stout, in her mid 30s, & has a coarse voice. Her personality is harsh like her.
Compare the setting of the party in chapter 1 to the party in chapter 2. The 1st party was more reserved & was mostly wealthy people. The 2nd party was loud with more drinking & commotion.
Describe the Valley of Ashes. What does it look like and what does it represent? The Valley of Ashes is a trash dump. The rotting valley represents the rotting American dream.
Why does Tom attack Myrtle at the end of the party? How does this exemplify Fitzgerald’s description of Tom in Chapter 1? He attacks her for chanting Daisy’s name & breaks her nose. It shows how he can be violent (as described in Chapter 1).

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