The Great Gatsby Chapter 2


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The Great Gatsby Chapter 2

  1. 1. The Great Gatsby Chapter 2
  2. 2. The Valley of Ashes <ul><li>A desolate area of land between West Egg and New York City </li></ul><ul><li>In this industrial wasteland, through which the commuter train must pass, everything is covered with dust, smoke, and ashes. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dr. T.J. Eckelberg <ul><li>The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic - their irises are one yard high. </li></ul><ul><li>They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose. </li></ul>
  4. 4. George Wilson <ul><li>Nick followed Tom over a low whitewashed railroad fence, and back a hundred yards along the road under Doctor Eckleburg's persistent stare. </li></ul><ul><li>The only building in sight was a small block of yellow brick sitting on the edge of the waste land </li></ul><ul><li>One of the three shops it contained was… </li></ul><ul><li>Repairs. </li></ul><ul><li>GEORGE B. WILSON. </li></ul><ul><li>Cars bought and sold. </li></ul><ul><li>A blond, spiritless man, </li></ul><ul><li>anemic, and faintly </li></ul><ul><li>handsome. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Myrtle Wilson <ul><li>A thickish woman, in the middle thirties, and faintly stout, but carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can. </li></ul><ul><li>sensuous, with an air of vitality </li></ul>
  6. 6. Catherine <ul><li>Myrtle’s sister </li></ul><ul><li>A slender, worldly girl of about thirty, with a solid, sticky bob of red hair, and a complexion powdered milky white. </li></ul><ul><li>When she moved about there was an incessant clicking as innumerable pottery bracelets jingled up and down upon her arms. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The McKees <ul><li>Neighbors from downstairs </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. McKee was a pale, feminine man </li></ul><ul><li>He was a photographer </li></ul><ul><li>She was shrill, languid, handsome and horrible. </li></ul><ul><li>She loudly complained to everyone present about her husband George </li></ul>
  8. 8. Whiskey & Gossip <ul><li>“They say Gatsby’s a nephew or a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm's. That's where all his money comes from.” </li></ul><ul><li>“Neither of them can stand the person they're married to.” </li></ul><ul><li>Kaiser Wilhelm: the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, ruling both the German Empire and Prussia from June 1888 to November 1918. </li></ul>
  9. 9. More Whiskey & Gossip <ul><li>Catherine leaned close to me and whispered in my ear: &quot;Neither of them can stand the person they're married to.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;When they do get married,&quot; continued Catherine, &quot;they're going West to live for a while until it blows over.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;She really ought to get away from him,&quot; resumed Catherine to me. &quot;They've been living over that garage for eleven years. And tom's the first sweetie she ever had.&quot; </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Party’s Over <ul><li>Nick describes himself at the party as being &quot;within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>The spell of the party, however, is broken around midnight when Tom and Myrtle argue loudly over her talking about Daisy. </li></ul><ul><li>Tom insists that she not even mention his wife's name. </li></ul><ul><li>When Myrtle taunts him by shouting, &quot;Daisy! Daisy!...I'll say it whenever I want to,&quot; Tom answers by striking her face and breaking her nose. </li></ul><ul><li>Nick's sense of moral order is repulsed by the violence, and he leaves in an alcoholic stupor, finally catching the 4:00 a.m. train back to West Egg. </li></ul>