The Great Gatsby

how does nick describe tom buchanan?

in 1st chapter, when he first met him and what did he think of him

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Here is a direct quote from book: "He had changed since his new haven years. now he was a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. two shining, arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearsnce of always leaning aggressivley forward. not even the effeminate swank of his riding clothes could hide the enormous power of that body...it was a body capable OS enormous leverage-----a cruel body."

He describes Tom as a erragant person who cheats on his wife. And who is a very wealthy man. He spends all his money on his mistress and doesnt really do anything for his wife. He treats his wife and his mistress very poorly. He uses his mistress for physical things (sex) and not because he loves her.

describe the "valley of ashes." what does it look like and what does it represent?

nick describes nick as a man from the midwest, a yale graduate, a world war 1 veteran and a resident of west egg. he is gatsby's next door nieghbor and a bonds salesman