Female Characters In The Great Gatsby Essay

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In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald mainly focuses on the male characters in the book. He has however created several key female characters as well. Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker all have an important role in this novel. He develops the characters as he shows them with their own desires. Daisy Buchanan is based on Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda. She is a beautiful woman from Louisville, Kentucky. Daisy was popular among the military officers around her home including Gatsby. Gatsby lied to Daisy about his family’s background(about wealth) to convince her that they should be together. Before Gatsby left for war, Daisy promised to wait for him. Instead of waiting for him, she married Tom Buchanan, a man from one of the most…show more content…
It is seen when she chooses Tom over Gatsby. Also when she allows Gatsby to take the blame for the killing of Myrtle Wilson even though she was the one driving the car. At the end of the book Daisy and Tom do not attend Gatsby’s funeral and move away without leaving an address. Daisy is in love with money and an easy life. Daisy isn’t capable of true love but can show affection. At one point she did seem to love Gatsby but she obviously didn’t since she didn’t even show up to the funeral. She likes Nick as a cousin and I’m sure she would go to his funeral. She doesn't even take care of her own daughter, she has a nanny and in most points of the book she is almost non existent in her day to day living . I would say she doesn’t even love her daughter. Myrtle Wilson is Tom’s lover. Her husband owns a garage in the Valley of Ashes. Myrtle was born into a low social class and would do almost anything to get out of it, just like Gatsby. In her mid, her only solution was Tom, who treats her as an object for his pleasure. Myrtle decides to wait for him because he said he can’t get a divorce right now because she’s Catholic. Myrtle the fool, believes it because she is desperate to get out of her

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