Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Great Gatsby - Tom's mistress

Chapter two introduces Tom Buchanan's mistress - Myrtle Wilson. Myrtle is vibrant and sensual and very, very alive. She's trying to "live up to" Tom's lifestyle, but doesn't succeed very well.

Tom, at the end of the chapter, casually strikes her, breaking her nose, and leaves her bleeding in her apartment.

Chapter two also introduces the Valley of Ashes, where George Wilson's garage is located. The Valley of Ashes was an area where industrial ash was dumped. It was just not a pleasant area to visit. In reality, it was the Corona Dump, in Flushing Meadows, in Queens. It was also the home of "The Queen of Corona" in Paul Simon's song "Me and Julio down by the schoolyard", the home of Louis Armstrong, and (while she was with the band Breakfast Club) Madonna. The area was cleared in 1936, and became the home of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs.

In the first chapter, Nick was describing the East and West Eggs and said " the egg in the Columbus story...." It s a great story illustrating how things can be really easy, once you know how!

If you had the option, would you rather be friends with Daisy? Or Myrtle? Would you ever want to be friends with Tom?

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