How Does Fitzgerald Tell the Story in Chapter Two of the Great Gatsby

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In chapter two of the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald introduces many narrative aspects to the reader through different techniques used. This essay will discuss the setting, characterisation and Narrative voice throughout Chapter using form, language and structure. The setting described in chapter one is enormously differentiated to the setting in chapter two. The vivid description of The Valley of Ashes is showing the contrast to Tom’s luxurious party. Nicks description lacks colour, “ash grey men, who move dimly, and already crumbling through the powdery air,” the specific language used creates the dull, yet detailed description which highlights the poor results of an economic boom in America 1920’s. Fitzgerald deliberately does this to establish the setting of America in the 1920’s. It also shows Gatsby’s rich life in opposition to those who live in the Valley of Ashes. Dr T.J. Eckleburg is the first new character introduced in chapter two. The description Fitzgerald presents of Dr T.J. Eckleburg symbolises an authoritative figure looking down up society, witnessing and judging the events that occur almost as if he were God. “The eyes of Dr T.J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic,” The word ‘blue’ implies clean, similar to the sea. It also implies purity which shows that Dr T.J Eckleburg is a genuine, superior man which links to the idea of him being seen as God. “They look at of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existence nose,” however even though Dr T.J Eckleburg is seen as God like figure, the connotations of ‘yellow’ in this novel are linked with danger, giving two personalities, or sides towards Dr T.J Eckleburg. The reader could question what his role is in the book, is it a character that is yet to be met, or more of an object, watching and judging over everyone. This is a contradictory idea as in the
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