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The Great Gatsby (Ch. 2)

“This is a valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air” (24).

What does the “valley of ashes” suggest about the town and its inhabitants? Further, why would Fitzgerald elect to locate the “eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg” in such a place?

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