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The Great Gatsby - Chapter 2

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby - Chapter 2

Characters Cont.
George Wilson - Is a faintly handsome man who is Myrtle's husband. He is oblivious about Tom and Myrtle's relationship.
- "Wilson? He thinks she goes to see her sister in New York. He's so dumb he doesnt know he's alive." (Pg. 26)
Catherine - Myrtle's sister. She is a slender woman with a milky complexion and has a red haired bob.
Mr. McKee - Is a pale, feminine photographer.
Mrs. McKee - Is "...shill, languid, handsome, and horrible." (Pg. 30)
Characters in the Chapter
This chapter intorduces a major character of the novel, Myrtle Wilson.
In this chapter we discover that she is Tom's mistress.
Symbolism
What we learn about Tom Buchanan
Tom continues to show 'dominance' over others in two ways: through words and physical force.
The audience sees how abusive Tom is when he breaks Myrtle's nose.
Tom doesn't show much care for Daisy because he was open to introducing Nick to Myrtle.
Lied about not being able to divorce Daisy because she is "Catholic".
- "It's really his wife that's keeping them apart. She's a Catholic, and they don't believe in a divorce."

Literary Devices
There are literary elements that can be found in chapter 2.
Similie: "This is a valley of ashes- a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat." (Pg.23)
- Compares wheat which represents 'nature', and 'life' where as ashes represents 'decay'.
Imagery: "The eyes of T.J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic- their irisis are one yard high." (Pg. 23)
- The audience can create an image of what the billboard looks like.
Summary of the Chapter
The chapter begins with a introduction and description of the Valley of Ashes which is located between East and West Egg.
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Tom drags Nick off the train to meet his mistress...Nick meets Myrtle Wilson and her husband, George. They live in a garage in the Valley of Ashes.
Tom, Nick and Myrtle go to the city where they throw a party in Tom's apartment with Myrtle's sister, Catherine and a couple named the McKees.
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Nick finds out from Catherine that both Tom and Myrtle can't stand the person they are married to.
They all become exceedingly drunk.
Myrtle mentions Daisy's name and Tom tells her that she has no right to say her name.
The party ends when Tom breaks Myrtle's nose when she contiuned to chant her name.
The Chapter ends as drunk Nick takes a train back to Long Island.
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" She was in the middle thirties, and faintly stout, but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can." (Pg. 25)
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Myrtle is a snobbish/ selfish individual who wishes for a luxurious life.
- "I married him because i thought he was a gentleman." (Pg. 34)
Myrtle married George because she thought he was wealthy.
She believes that she married a man below her class.
More about Myrtle
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The Valley of Ashes symbolizes poverty and hoplessness. This place illustrates the impossibility of acheiving the 'American Dream.' Tom and Daisy do not struggle with this because they are wealthy.
Eyes of T.J. Eckleburg
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Located in the Valley of Ashes, the billboard represents "the eyes of God".
"Watcher" of the ash valley and judges American society.
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These characters are not as important as George and Myrtle
Cont. on Literary Devices
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Flashback: "I have ben drunk just twice in my life, and the second time was that afternoon..." (pg. 29)
- in this literary device, Nick, the narrator, recalls a memorable night. The whole novel is basicaly a flashback.
Irony: "Neither of them can stand the person they're married to." (Pg. 33)
- The irony of this is that Tom and Myrtle are both married to a person they do not love and they love eachother. And because of this, they cannot be happy together.
In this lesson, we have gone over:
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The summary of the chapter.
New characters that have been introduced and what we learned about the new and old characters.
Objects/settings that symbolize something.
Literary Devices that can be found in the chapter.
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