Hello friends! Let’s discuss the first two chapters of The Great Gatsby.
Need a recap of chapter 1? Here’s one conveniently done by John Green.
The second chapter is discussed in another video with more parts of the book, so I’ll post that one later. To quickly sum up chapter two, we learn about the Valley of Ashes, meet Tom’s mistress and her husband, head into New York for a party where they basically just get drunk, and Tom breaks Myrtle’s nose. What a terrible guy.
The valley of ashes was a real dumping ground that was cleaned up to make room for the 1939-1940 World’s Fair. The site now is Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Thoughts so far?
We’ve met some important characters. What do you think of Nick, Daisy, and Tom? How is Nick as a narrator?
I learned once that people learn about who we are from more than what we say and what we do. It also includes what others say about us. What do you think about what you know of Gatsby based on the little we’ve seen of him and what others say about him?
Does the Valley of Ashes and the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg mean anything or create a certain mood for you?
Discuss these and anything else you want to from chapters 1 and 2 in the comments. Next time we’ll discuss chapters 3-5!