The Great Gatsby Chapter 2

On a literal level, what is the valley of ashes? What might it represent on a symbolic level? What overlooks the valley of ashes? What might they symbolize. The valley of ashes is the land between NYC and West Egg. It symbolizes the working class. A billboard with a pair of bright blue eyes wearing glasses looks over the valley of ashes. They symbolize the wealthy, bright, vibrant life looking down on the working class.
Analyze Nick’s statement, “I think he’d tanked up a good deal at luncheon, and his determination to have my company bordered on violence.” Tom shoved Nick off of the train dragging him along to meet Myrtle. He was willing to do anything to make Nick go along with him.
Give textual evidence that Tom Buchanan is not trying to keep his affair a secret. What does this tell the reader about his character? Tom is proud that he can have more than one woman at a time. He is married to a lady of his social class, and involved with women below his social class. He doesn’t have very much respect for women.
How does Fitzgerald emphasize the smallness of Myrtle’s apartment? He talks about how the furniture seemed so huge and you couldn’t really take a step without bumping into a piece of furniture.
What does Tom do to Myrtle at the party? What two things does this reveal about his personality? Tom broke her nose.1.) He doesn’t have respect for Myrtle because she is of a lower class than he is – she is expendable.2.) He is very controlling and short-tempered with Myrtle (although he has a lot of patience with Daisy).

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