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Female Characters In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby has three distinct female characters that personify Fitzgerald’s view of women in the 1920s, believing that they are shallow, cynical, and only do things to better themselves. Daisy Buchanan is an aristocratic woman living in East Egg. She is wealthy, mostly because of her husband Tom Buchanan, popular, and beautiful. When she is first introduced in the novel, she is described as having an aura around her that draws you in. Though she is rich, she is bored with life stating that she has, “been everywhere and done everything.” Her reputation and position in the social world are things that she relies on. Daisy knows that Tom is cheating on her, but she does not divorce him, not wanting to be seen…show more content…
At the beginning of the novel she is portrayed as proud and sure of herself, but as she begins to develop feelings for Gatsby again that she cannot decide what she wants. In chapter 7, during the riff between Tom and Jay over her, she cannot seem to decide who she wants to be with. When Jay says, “You never loved him,” Daisy responds right back, “I never loved him” wanting to please Gatsby, not making her own choice in the situation. The fact that she chose one rather than not, even though both men were no good for her, shows how dependent she was on other people and money. When Daisy and Gatsby left that hotel is when Daisy murdered Myrtle. She did not stop when it happened because she was overwhelmed and she did not want to face the consequences that would ruin her persona that she has kept up for so many years. This is also why she did not go to the police and confess ultimately leaving Gatsby to take the blame even though he wanted to. In the end Daisy chose Tom which was the safest choice for her because she could keep her wealth, her popularity, she did not have to go to jail, and it was an overall better choice for herself. Daisy also not showing up at Gatsby’s funeral and moving away without any contact just shows how quickly she can drop something that could make her look like an immoral…show more content…
Myrtle Wilson is married to George Wilson who owns a run- down garage in the valley of ashes. Neither of them are wealthy and Myrtle is disgruntled by this fact. She believes that she was destined for something more, something greater. Unfortunately for her that something greater turned out to be Tom Buchanan. Myrtle is like Daisy in the sense that to get what she wants, she is dependent on Tom. In contrast, she is also like Jordan in the fact that she is independent from her husband and uses her own means, though immoral, to get what she wants. Though Myrtle could only live in a fool’s paradise from time to time, when she is with Tom she take on an entirely different persona, changing her outfits and her attitude to fit in with Tom’s more extravagant lifestyle. While in Tom’s world though, she gets too in over her head and lets her true feelings out about the circumstances between her, Tom, and Daisy. This leads to some abuse from Tom. Myrtle underestimates her position in the situation. Unfortunately, Myrtle just does not understand that she is just a desired object to Tom and nothing more. This false faith in Tom leaving Daisy for her is what ultimately leads to her death. Coincidently, Myrtle causes more of a disturbance in Tom and Daisy’s marriage after she’s dead than