Scott Fitzgerald, two characters, Myrtle Wilson and Jay Gatsby suffered although different in social class appearance and gender, suffer from the inability to differentiate between illusions and reality, causing their downfalls. Myrtle and Gatsby have similar goals, but different ambitions. Gatsby wants to achieve wealth for the sole purpose of regaining his previous love interest, Daisy, where as Myrtle wants to obtain wealth for her selfish desire of status and integration into the upper class. However, they both begin their journeys to downfall when they sacrifice all morality for this wealth. Gatsby becomes a criminal, and seduces a married woman and ultimately break up her family for his own selfish goal of winning his old love back.
He tells readers, “…he let her believe that he was a person from the same stratum as herself…that he was fully capable to take care of her. As a matter of fact, he had no such facilities…” (Fitzgerald 149). Gatsby basically lies about his social status to win Daisy`s heart, which shows how his relationship is based on dishonesty and lies rather than trust. Gatsby changes himself in order to make room for Daisy in his life. A romantic hero never lies beca... ... middle of paper ... ...ces throughout the novel demonstrate how he is not as innocent or quiet as readers think.
“I says to myself, this is a girl that I’m letting him rob her of her money,” Huck knows that the Wilks girls are nice and will live an awful life without the money left to them (Twain 176). Huck struggles with this dilemma, because the girls, especially Mary Jane, are so sweet and unsuspecting, yet the con men are scary and Huck was going along with it. Huck eventually comes clean to Mary Jane which pits him against the con men, but helping these kind girls has become more important. Huck has become extremely fed up with the con men and their aliases, and finally takes a step against them. This is a case where Huck’s good nature really shines against
She uses the people around her to fit into the social scene and boast her wealth and fake happiness, which obstructs her morals and emotions as a human being. Daisy valued life holds no true meaning for her. She treats others horribly without a ... ... middle of paper ... ...after he finds out about Daisy and Gatsby’s affair. (137) Even though Tom is an adulterer himself, he cannot stand the thought of his wife doing the same. He is a jealous hypocrite, who lusts for all the power and puts shame to his name and affluent life.
In reality, Daisy is “insincere and empty”, and while brief affair goes unnoticed for a time, Daisy has no intention of leaving Tom. Without Daisy, Gatsby’s “life ha[s] been confused and disordered” (pg. 140). While Sparknotes critics say “Gatsby instils Daisy with a kind of idealised perfection that she neither deserves nor possesses, Gatsby longs to recreate a vanished past—his time in Louisville with Daisy—but is incapable of doing so”, therefore suggesting that wealth had corrupted Gatsby and his ability to see reality, as well as his dreams. Opposing critic believes Gatsby “[does] not belong in this materialized and demoralized world”, and who’s dream is an “uncorrupted, traditional American dream”.
In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, conveyed his belief that wealth and materialism corrupted the American Dream. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald shows his disapproval of the times by portraying characters attempting to achieve their American Dream by any means possible. Myrtle Wilson, a low class inhabitant of the valley of ashes, puts her morals to the side when pursuing the wealthy life. Not even marriage stops Myrtle from having an affair with Tom Buchanan-- a rich man who enables her to finally buy the life she thinks she deserves. Not only does Myrtle cheat on her own husband, but she has an affair with someone who caught her eye with "a dress suit and patent leather shoes and [she] couldn't keep [her] eyes off him" (Fitzgerald 40).
As an example, in Gatsby the namesake, Gatsby’s, desire for Daisy forces him to become a jester to the rich through many parties, who inevitably fabricate stories about him, destroying his credibility, in order to impress Daisy. And later, after Daisy and Gatsby meet one another again, attempts to force Daisy to leave her husband, only for death to strike three times in retaliation of his lustful greed. Fitzgerald portrayed this well with a green light: “Now it was again a green light on a dock. His number of enchanted objects decreased by one.” (The University of Adelaide, 2011). The aforementioned significance of the light is that the light portrays his greed and lust for Daisy and her love.
The parties that Gatsby throws wastes money in an obscene fashion and those parties host shallow attendees only trying to increase their social status. Those parties may appear to East Egg as the vulgarity of nouveau riche, only lowering Gatsby’s social status among those in East Egg. Jordan Baker thinks "[Gatsby] half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night, […] but she never did." (84). Gatsby believes that he can impress Daisy with wealth, but Daisy already has wealth making his parties not impressive.
She says, “The onl... ... middle of paper ... ...ike his true self, the one she had fallen in love with before everything, things would have worked out in the end. In the end of the book, no one gets what they want. Daisy stays with Tom in the end because of his wealth and because the real Gatsby she fell in love with is no longer there- he is simply a poser now. Myrtle had no hope of marrying Gatsby because he did not love her and only used her for sex. She couldn’t appreciate what was real, like the love of George.
Gatsby, Myrtle and Tom lie to themselves and others through their words and actions. Gatsby and Myrtle attempt to be social climbers; Gatsby loves the idea of Daisy and Myrtle loves the idea of Tom and what he can provide for her. They both try to appear as someone they are not: Gatsby tries to appear as a successful man who comes from a wealthy family while Myrtle longs to appear as an upper class woman. Their lies have tragic results since Myrtle, Gatsby and Mr. Wilson all die needlessly. However, Tom, who seems to be successful, lies because he is selfish and thinks only about fulfilling his personal needs.