Great Gatsby Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 Questions

The description of the “valley of ashes” opens Chapter Two. On a literal level, what is the valley of ashes? What might it represent on a symbolic level? The valley of ashes is a desolate wasteland. On a symbolic level it could represent the social and moral decay of society during the 20’s or the negative effects of greed.
Compare and contrast George Wilson and Tom Buchanan. Then, compare and contrast Myrtle Wilson and Daisy Tom Buchanan is a wealthy businessman who comes from a well-to-do family from the MidWest and handsome.George Wilson is a poor man who owns a gas station in Valley of Ashes. Pale.Daisy is light, child-like, and scatteredMyrtle is thicc, wears dark clothing and makeup.
In what way does Fitzgerald indicate that Myrtle Wilson is not an intellectual? Myrtle is convinced that she is truly loved by Tom and he would leave his wife for her.
Notice how often and in what context DoctorEckleburg’s eyes are mentioned. Symbolically,what might those eyes on that billboard represent? It could represent that someone is always watching or it could represent God looking down at the people, especially on the poor choices made.
What’s up with the puppy? Why do yousuppose Fitzgerald included it as an element in thischapter? Illusion that they are really together, he doesn’t want to be committed but doesn’t want to lose her. They’re careless
Do you think Tom will leave Daisy for Myrtle? No, Myrtle is talking about how she made a mistake to marry Mr. Wilson, Tom does not say it is a mistake that he married Daisy.
Nick describes the people who attend Gatsby’s partiesand says “that once there, the guests conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks.” Given this, what can you conclude is Nick’s opinion of Gatsby’s party guests? they’re wild, crazy, out of control, all over the place, eager and excited
Why does Jordan want to leave the group from East Egg? Why does Nick want to leave the group? Jordan wants to leave the group because a man was flirting too much with her and she was uncomfortable. Nick wants to leave because he wants to meet Gatsby
Who is Owl-Eyes? What surprises him about Gatsby’s library? Why would this impress him? A drunk man. he was surprised that all the books were real and that there were so many books. Books imply intelligence and wealth
What unexpected common bond do Gatsby and Nick share? they served in the war together
Nick says, “I was looking at an elegant young roughneck…whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care.” What is Fitzgerald trying to convey here about Gatsby? How should we feel about Gatsby here? Gatsby was saying thing to be impressive and doesn’t always say what he’s really thinking, but rather he puts on a show.
Why do you suppose that Jordan does not believe Gatsby when he says that he had attended Oxford College in England? Gatsby doesn’t fit her idea of a stereotypical oxford man

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