Some things to look out for in
CHAPTER TWO of THE GREAT GATSBY
(Form, Structure, Language)
The Valley of The Ashes
- T o gain some insight into the contemporary literary scene, read T.S. Eliot.‘The Hollow Men’, ‘Prufrock’, ‘The Wasteland’
- Consider the importance of Eckleburg with regard to advertising and God
- Note the symbolic significance and descriptive power of the colour grey, ash, etc
- Sensuous Description: wet lips 18; the argument; disappears with Tom
- Voice: Course voice contrast Daisy
- Furniture – symbolism and significance of Versailles 20, 25
- Catherine as an intradiegetic narrator: s/he is already a character in a narrative that is not hers. Conveys info through dialogue. (Nick is a homodiegetic narrator in that he is a character in his own story who knows no more than he finds out)
- Materialism 31, 38 / acquisitiveness
- Use of clothes. Her personality changes with clothes 21
- Interaction with Mrs McKee 21
- Myrtle’s own viewpoint through dialogue e.g. ‘you can’t live forever’ 24
- Language e.g. ‘creaking pivot’ ‘mincing shout’ 21
- Gleam of hope 17. Anaemic, spiritless 17. ‘white ashen dust veiled his dark suit’ 18. Note the symbolism
- Parody of Daisy’s
- Nick’s reactions and observations: The dried lather 25; The sky ?; Enchanted and repelled 24; artificial laughter 24; The Tribune 26
- Physical: hits Myrtle. ‘literally forced me from the car’ 17,
- Cold 17, decisive 19,
- Rude: ‘yawned audibly 22,
Chapter 3 Notes
Chapter 4 Notes
Chapter 5 Notes
Chapter 6 Notes
Chapter 7 Sample essay
Chapter 8 Guided reading
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