Myrtle eventually had similar goals as Gatsby, but her life did not begin the same way. She was of the lower class of society and married a simple man. The two pursued a poor life, but Myrtle’s husband George was a decent man. Nevertheless, Myrtle became unsatisfied, and when the opportunity arose to better the quality of her life, she took it. Daisy’s husband Tom, an unfaithful, rough man not very committed to his marriage, began an affair with Myrtle.
Myrtle Wilson takes on the task of gaining social status and wealth in a corrupt way. Myrtle Wilson betrays her husband to climb the ladder of wealth. Tom Buchanan becomes used by Myrtle to acquire glistening mounds of wealth. “Myrtle Wilson does not have many material items. She has a loyal husband, but Myrtle wants everything else… She feels she deserves more; she feels that she deserves more; she feels she deserves Tom, his money, power, and influence” (Dawson). Myrtle Wilson’s intentions become obvious during The Great Gatsby. If Myrtle Wilson wanted love, she could have looked to her husband, George Wilson, who truly loved her. Her dream of wealth, however, dominated her desire of love. Myrtle could have easily ended her relationship with Tom due to his frequent violence if it was simply about love. Myrtle could endure the violence if it meant she could achieve her American
During the confrontation between Gatsby and Tom Buchanan about Daisy, she is talked about like she is a possession to be won over. During the argument Nick “glances at Daisy who was staring terrified between Gatsby and her husband” (Fitzgerald, page 143). Gatsby and Buchanan tell Daisy what to say instead of allowing her to tell her own truths, and if she does start to speak up for herself she is quickly quieted down. Daisy states at the beginning of the novel while talking about finding out the sex of her child that, “I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald, page 16). Daisy is the only female character in the novel who understands that no matter what a woman accomplishes, she will always be downcasted based on her gender. This outlook is what allows her to be controlled by Gatsby and Buchanan, because she doesn’t believe that anything she can do will make her more of a human to them. Myrtle on the other hand, while still a married woman, isn’t able to see her powerlessness. She feels powerful enough to stand up to Tom and chant Daisy’s name over and over again until he breaks her nose (Fitzgerald, page 37). This scene demonstrates the way that men handled women if they ever did feel confident enough to speak for themselves. One final scene from the novel that really
Myrtle Wilson is just the same. She is dishonest towards her husband and speaks highly of herself. But she is one over Tom because she takes him for granted. He is the one buying all of her clothes and beauty accessories. He even went as far as to buy her a dog. This doesn't seem to bother Tom a bit though. At her party in New York, things turn a bit sour though. Tom and Myrtle are fighting about something when Myrtle brings the name Daisy into the argument. Hot tempered Tom gets upset with Myrtle and actually breaks her nose. Myrtle's sister Catherine gives Nick an Interesting piece of information.
The wild lavishness of Gatsby's parties and the shallowness and purposelessness of the lives of the guests all kills Gatsby on the inside. All Gatsby wants when he chooses to be rich is to get Daisy. Daisy, who is wealthy and beautiful, symbolizes a way of life which is remote from Gatsby's and therefore more attractive because it is out of reach so he changes himself. (Fitzgerald, -page 54) Myrtle and Gatsby both want to be part of the same elite crowd. They play a reflection of each other in the book by wanting the same thing but they have different methods of achieving it. Gatsby wants Daisy, and Myrtle just wants to be higher in society.
In The Great Gatsby, one setting we are introduced to is the valley of the ashes, which is in between East and West Egg. There you will find Myrtle Wilson, Tom Buchanan’s mistress, along with her husband George, who owns the gas station where Nick first meets them. There is a great representation of the American dream in Myrtle. Myrtle has a very strong personality and she knows what she wants out of life. She strives to be a part of the higher classes like Tom and Daisy, but it is unattainable. She pursues the “American dream” to the point of obsession. The first thing she does when Tom takes her to their place in the city is change her dress, along with purchasing the town gossip magazine (Fitzgerald 31). Myrtle wants to be Daisy, she wants that rank in life. She changes her clothes to try and fit that mold because she is greedy and unsatisfied with her life. On the other hand, her husband, George, is very happy with where he is in life. He is very naive in thinking that Myrtle is faithful and happy. When Nick asks what Wilson ...
Myrtle, Gatsby, and Daisy were all affected by this. Myrtle is a married woman, but is not satisfied with her life as Wilson’s wife. Wilson does not provide to her standards which is to have the luxurious life Myrtle desires. Myrtle’s materialism is well known, and nothing will stop her from having it all. Myrtle has high hopes to gain a wealthy and famous life. She knows all the city’s gossip and will do almost anything to learn what’s new. The aspiration to have a luxurious life is what causes Myrtle to have an affair with Tom. The movie foreshadows the affair when Myrtle calls Tom during dinner with his family. As this affair continued, everyone in the city (including Daisy) knew about it, yet no one said a word Daisy simply described herself as a fool. Though Myrtle got her way, it was ironic how Daisy was the person who accidently killed Myrtle due to their history and her affair with
Daisy and Myrtle live very different lives as well, Daisy lives in a very lavish house, filled with servants and she is waited on hand and foot. Myrtle lives in a small gas station and is very poor, with her husband who works hard all day. They do have ways that they are similar though, they both have abusive and crazed husbands. In one scene, "You did it, Tom," she said accusingly. "I know you didn't mean to, but you did do it. That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen… “. Myrtle’s husband punches her in the face during the book, and Tom continues to...
Daisy is described to be loving, gorgeous, funny women. Tom is described as a buff man (Fitzgerald 8). Daisy and Tom have been married for awhile and their marriage is on the rocks. Tom is having an affair with his mistress, Myrtle (Baker). Myrtle is seen as a sociable and essential woman (Baker). Even though Daisy is portrayed as this caring female, she also has a secret like her husband Tom. Daisy is secretly in love with Gatsby (Baker).
Tom Buchannan, Daisy’s husband, has two mistresses throughout this story. He has Daisy, and Myrtle Wilson. Given the situation Tom is in he will not come out completely happy, he must lose one if not both of his women. When Myrtle was hit by the car Tom was in shock, he had just lost his mistress. After the bystanders at the scene describe the automobile that murdered Myrtle, Tom recognized that vehicle, as Gatsby’s. Little ...
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. Clearly, The Great Gatsby demonstrates that deceiving others, for any reason, inevitably leads to tragedy for the individual and others who touch their lives.
Tom knew Myrtle better than any of the main characters. He had met her on a train headed for New York. When the train reached the city, she went with him in a taxi, and their affair began. Tom never made much of an effort to keep their relationship secret. In fact, he almost paraded her around in the presence of his acquaintances. They made frequent trips into New York so that they could be together. Myrtle was Tom's escape from his own life in East Egg. While Daisy provided him with a wealthy, acceptable social image, she was not much more to him than a mere possession. His affair with Myrtle offered him a chance to defy his social expectations. Their relationship was important to him because of this opportunity to escape. When Myrtle died, it shook him deeply, especially because he believed Gatsby had been driving the yellow car. After leaving George Wilson's garage the night of the accident, he managed to drive slowly until he and Nick were out of sight. Then he slammed his foot down on the accelerator, driving much faster. He began quietly sobbing, privately mourning her death. He immediately blamed Gatsby for bringing their relationship to an abrupt halt. "That God damned coward!" he cried. "He didn't even stop his car." His feelings of anger and hurt were greatly intensified by the day spent in New York....
In the novel, The Great Gatsby, the two central women presented are Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. These two women, although different, have similar personalities. Throughout the novel, there are instances in which the reader feels bad for and dislikes both Daisy and Myrtle. These two women portray that wealth is better than everything else, and they both base their lives on it. Also the novel shows the hardships and difficulties they have in their marriages. They are never satisfied with what they have, and are always longing for more.
Myrtle’s ambition proves to be her fatal flaw in being the tragic hero. The goal of her ambition is to lead her to a higher social status. In pursuit of her ambition she expresses that her husband, George Wilson, serves as an obstacle since he is in the opposite direction of where she wishes to be. She expresses disgust in George for committing actions that are considered lowly by her standards. She was particularly unenthused with her husband after it is revealed that “he borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married” without telling her. (35) She expresses her marriage as regretful, which illustrates her ambition to strive for better, being Tom. Essentially it illustrates that she would rather be treated with little respect to achieve status, rather than to be treated with respect without status. Myrtle not only exudes her ambition through her pompous attitude, but also in the manner in which she carries herself. She is a young woman in her “middle thirties, and faintly stout, but (carries) her surplus flesh sensuously,” and although she is not attributed with beauty she is somewhat charismatic. (25) The way in which she carries herself may be considered sexual, and her persona is alluring for men such as Tom. Her seducing persona illustrates her ambition in being a temptress in order to move up the social ladder.
Myrtle is known to wear darker colours in contrast to Daisy. This can be seen when Nick first meets Myrtle, “Her face, above a spotted dress of dark blue crepe-de-chine (25)” and also when Myrtle leaves with Tom and Nick, she is dressed in a “brown figured muslin (27)”. Myrtle is also different from Daisy by the way she acts. Daisy moves and acts with grace while Myrtle is more loud and rowdy. This is why Myrtle is different from Daisy in appearance and