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Therefore, her physical abilities and attributes are attractive, but her personality is not, thus tainting her perfection. In the Heian period, it was not just about the looks, in fact, it was more about the skills and personality of the woman that determined whether she was ideal or not. He then explains that a girl who is loved and sheltered by her parents has to be, in a way, sold by her parents to other men by boasting about their daughters good points. She often just does as she is told and learns “a pastime she has seen others enjoy” (pg. 20).
The narrator admired the girl but was certain that the latter felt contempt towards her for becoming the new center of attention from all the men. She despised the fact that men were criticizing the young girl in order to win her heart. When a party was thrown for the departure of the, the two women are able to share a moment with each other. We the witness an amount of solidarity, or what we may term as sisterhood between them. The author realizes that she was wrong abot the fact that the girl would be jealous of her.
Her American Dream did not differentiate from most people in the roaring twenties, she wanted to be high in social status and obtain great wealth. George, her faithful, yet poor and lower class husband, treats her with very much respect and acts very prideful of her. Myrtle does not appreciate his efforts, and becomes so unsatisfied with their relationship that she has an affair with Tom. “‘I married him because I thought he was a gentleman... I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe’” (Fitzgerald 34).
Because of their individuality, the group is ultimately banned from civilization and sent to a remote location. Being segregated because of appearance or mental capacity and not subject to society’s influences stimulates individuality; however, the knowledge and truth correlating with individuality comes at a price, in this case, happiness. Bernard’s isolation, resulting from a physical deformity, allows him to fully explore his individuality. Bernard’s height constantly attracts scorn and ridicule from both Alpha’s and lower caste members, and they treat him as a foreigner because he appears different to them. Constantly battered by derision from all castes, Bernard “feel[s] an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behave[s] like one…”(65).