Symbolism in chapter 2

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SYMBOLISM IN
CHAPTER 2
ENG11 – MS. DO
THE VALLEY OF ASHES
• In this chapter Fitzgerald writes about
the Valley of Ashes. He also mentions
dust and smoke (at the party). All three
of these reappear numerous times
throughout the novel. Respond in a short
analytical paragraph (you only need
one piece of evidence): What do they
symbolize?
• Consider: Who lives in the Valley of Ashes?
How is it described (diction)? How is it
different from West/East Egg?
THE EYES OF TJ ECKLEBURG
• A billboard with the eyes of Dr. T. J.
Eckleburg is also an important symbol
in this chapter. Reread p. 23. Describe
the billboard. Then, respond in a short
analytical paragraph (you only need
one piece of evidence): What do you
think these eyes represent?
• Consider: What/who do the eyes
look out on? Who was its original
owner? What happened to him?