The Great Gatsby

Chapter 2

1) How does Nick meet Tom's mistress?

2) Describe George Wilson. How does he react to Tom's arrival?

3) How does Myrtle behave as the party progresses?

4) Describe the setting of the valley of ashes where George and Myrtle live. What aspects of the setting imply that it is intended to have a symbolic meaning as well as a literal one?

5) How does Fitzgerald describe Myrtle Wilson? Does her physical appearance reflect her character in any way?

6) Compare the setting of the party in this chapter with the setting of the party in Chapter One. What does this reveal about the characters and their personalities?

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1) Nick meets Tom's mistress at her husband's garage.

2) George is quiet and nondescript. He is happy to see Tom because he is trying to buy a car from him to fix up and sell. He needs the money.

3) Myrtle becomes loud and obnoxious.

4) Gerge and Myrtle live in the shadow of a dump.......

5) "She was in the middle thirties, and faintly stout, but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can. Her face, above a spotted dress of dark blue crepe-de-chine, contained no facet or gleam of beauty, but there was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering. She smiled slowly and, walking through her husband as if he were a ghost, shook hands with Tom, looking him flush in the eye. Then she wet her lips, and without turning around spoke to her husband in a soft, coarse voice..." Chapter 2

Yes, she is crass and hard.

6) This party is loud, filled with music and absolutely no inhibitions. The party in chapter one was reserved and quiet.

Why does Tom attack Myrtle at the end of the party?


The Great Gatsby