Notes on Chapter 2 of the Great Gatsby. | jwpblog

Great Gatsby, Chapter 2: Notes

The second chapter of the novel serves as a second introduction. We meet Myrtle and immediately place her and Daisy side by side and the character of Tom is further developed. We are not yet ready for Gatsby.

In chapter 1 we read of a party at the Buchanan’s mansion. In chapter 2 we see another type of gathering – one devoid of class and altogether more tawdry. The city of New York becomes a character in the novel, as does its offspring – the Valley of the Ashes.

The Valley of the Ashes. ‘ A fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges…

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