The Role Of Myrtle In The Great Gatsby

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The Pre-Depression 1920’s sets the story for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” New York paints an amazing picture as the backdrop for the story. East and West Egg(two communities outside New York City where our cadre of characters live) play a more specific role in our character’s lives as symbols of wealth. In this novel, Fitzgerald, with a definitive purpose in mind, carefully contrasts three women, Myrtle Wilson, Tom’s lower class mistress; Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy socialite with marital problems; and Jordan Baker, a professional golfer with a shady past. Myrtle Wilson is the wife of a mechanic in the “Valley of Ashes,” and is Tom’s unfaithful mistress. Myrtle is a wannabe socialite who denies her place in society. She sneaks away from her husband to galavant about the city with Tom and waste her money on gossip magazines and dogs and other extravagances. She buys these only for status, and the magazines, to study and sound like she knows what she’s talking about. Myrtle is also very regretful for marrying George because he is a working class schlep. “He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in and never even told me about it.”(38) This is a prime example of just how shallow Myrtle can be. Myrtle represents Tom’s mistakes that wind up hurting other people(i.e. Gatsby’s death). Myrtle is no match for pain-causing to Daisy.…show more content…
Daisy is a very charming young lady who will do anything or nothing to come across as charming. “Daisy gave an absurd laugh and remained seated as Nick entered.”(13) Daisy, that charming Daisy, is also very provocative. She constantly teases Tom into anger, or leads somebody to an unexpected emotion. Daisy is the only desire of Gatsby in this novel, and winds up costing him his life. The only character not directly responsible for Gatsby’s death is Jordan
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