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What is the literature analysis in chapter 2 of The Great Gatsby?

A literary analysis of chapter two of The Great Gatsby shows it is where Fitzgerald moves his focus from wealth to what was considered the underside of American life: poverty, adultery, and possibly homosexuality. We are introduced here to the Valley of the Ashes and the symbol of the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg.

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In chapter two of The Great Gatsby, Nick travels with Tom to the Valley of the Ashes. He then goes to a party at Myrtle's apartment in New York City.

For the first time, we are introduced to the poorer strata of society. Tom visits George Wilson's gas station in the midst of the desolate Valley of the Ashes. The ashes literally and figuratively represent the waste produced by the lavish world of the Buchanans and Jay Gatsby. The valley is presided over by the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, depicted on a giant, faded billboard. These are a symbol of the eyes of God seeing the plight of those not participating in the American Dream.

Myrtle's party reiterates...

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