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In chapter 3 of "The Great Gatsby", how does Fitzgerald tell the story?What...

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sparxx | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 29, 2007 at 7:43 AM via web

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In chapter 3 of "The Great Gatsby", how does Fitzgerald tell the story?

What are the narrative techniques used and what is the relationship between the way chapter 2 ends and the way chapter 3 begins?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 29, 2007 at 8:26 AM (Answer #1)

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Chapter two describes the Valley of Ashes. Everything is gray-no color and no real form. The billboard of Dr. T. J. Eckleberg is shapeless as well. He is just eyes, no nose or face to accompany them. This chapter is meant to illustrate the wasteland of industrialism.

By contrast, chapter three has numerous color images, vibrantly described, with rich hues. Cars and eye symbols still continue, but the descriptions are vivid rather than gray. There are a lot of descriptions using the color yellow, which is a sharp contrast to the bland gray of chapter two.


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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted October 31, 2007 at 5:54 AM (Answer #2)

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Chapter 2 ends with Nick, drunk from the little party at Tom's and Myrtle's apartment in the city, sleeping it off at Penn Station.  He is a victim of the excess at that party which he left when things turned ugly and violent - Tom hit Myrtle, breaking her nose, because she said, "Daisy".  Chapter 3 opens with descriptions of the excess of Gatsby's parties.  Gatsby's parties may be wild, boisterous, and excessive, but they are not ugly.

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