The Great Gatsby

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

Describe the "valley of ashes." What does the it look like and what does it represent? How do Mr. Wilson and Myrtle fit into the setting?

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Literally, the Valley of Ashes is a massive trash dump. The rotting valley represents the rotting American dream. Tom, Daisy, and Jordan, with their endless socials and superficial lives represent how material excess rots their very souls. Their lives, like the valley, are hollow. As time goes on the valley gets ranker as do the lives of many characters in the novel. Self-centered individuals litter the story with meaningless "trash", much like the valley itself.