great gatsby discussion questions chapters 1-2

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The only building in sight was a small block of yellow brick sitting on the edge of the wasteland of a sort of compact Main Street ministering to it and contiguous to absolutely nothing.” (28) (poetic devices?) 29. Explain the irony in Wilson’s reaction to Tom and Nick’s arrival. 30. Describe Myrtle. What is the irony here? 31. “Wilson agreed hurriedly and went toward the little office, mingling immediately with the cement color of the walls.”(30) 32. How does Tom dismiss Wilson as unimportant? 33. Given the description of Myrtle what type of person does she seem to be? (31) 34. Compare Tom and Myrtle’s apartment with Tom and Daisy’s home. 35. What were the rumors that were reported about Gatsby? 36. Why do you think Fitzgerald gives this insight to the reader about a character that has not been introduced yet? 37. What does Catherine tell Nick about her sister and his boyfriend? What literary technique is used? 38. What does Myrtle indicate about her marriage? How does this tie in with Fitzgerald’s theme of the loss of a dream? 39. What mistake does Myrtle make? What is her punishment? Chapter three 40. Explain the simile “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths…” (43) 41. Explain some of the excesses of the Gatsby parties.
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