After all that Tom has done to me I’m glad I ran over Myrtle He should really know who he’s messing with Maybe now he dose Daisy’s supposed to be mine. I don’t know what he thought he was doing by marrying her. He should of just married Myrtle if he’s so worried about her. I know for a fact no one especially not Tom, can love Daisy the way I do. I
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Tom functions under the illusion that Daisy not only loves him now, but has always loved him and been completely devoted to him. Daisy does admit that she once loved him, but he was not her first choice; Gatsby was. Tom is also under the illusion that Daisy will never leave him. He has an ongoing, almost public affair with Myrtle but still wants to be devoted to Daisy and demands her devotion to him. Tom feels as if he will never lose anything: his money, Daisy, or his social status.
At a cursory glance, Daisy may seem like the quintessential socialite, with a happy marriage and a life of luxury. With her wealthy lifestyle, Daisy has the independence to travel anywhere and whenever she wants, oftentimes without Tom, as seen when Nick invited her to “come for tea … and don't bring Tom” . This small act of independent is offset by Tom’s eventual “perturbation at Daisy’s running around alone”. In this scene, Tom’s grasp on Daisy’s life is tightened once more as if she was an expensive piece of jewelry, with the miniscule possibility of being stolen. However, on the other hand, much of Daisy’s wealth does come from Tom, giving a great deal of control to him in their relationship to the point where Tom does not hide the fact he has a mistress. “You mean to say you don’t know? … I thought everybody knew”. With the way Jordan says this, one can infer that even Daisy knew and she basically had no say in the matter. Furthermore, when Tom’s mistress continues to call during tea and Jordan whispers, “The rumor is that that’s Tom’s girl on the telephone”, it shows the amount of control that Tom has over Daisy and Myrtle . This part also shows the impact of societal norms, which had made it seem acceptable for Tom to have a mistress while if Daisy was having an affair it would be more looked down upon.
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....
Myrtle is unhappy in her life with her husband George and desires more, especially more money. Tom’s actions caused Myrtle to create the delusion that he would soon be leaving Daisy to be with her, further claiming that it is Daisy keeping them apart because “‘She’s a Catholic, and they don’t believe in divorce’” (Fitzgerald 33). Although, Nick, Daisy’s cousin, said, “Daisy was not a Catholic” and expressed his shock “at the elaborateness of the lie” (Fitzgerald 33). Tom was never planning to leave Daisy to be with Myrtle, he only planned to use her to cheat on his wife, yet Myrtle becomes so attached to this lie it becomes her life. Tom’s true intentions are revealed when he buys Myrtle a dog. She is “enthusiastic” about the idea expressing how she thinks “it’s cute” (Fitzgerald 28). By buying her the dog she wants, Myrtle believes Tom is spoiling her, since he bought her a dog on a whim, because she thought it was cute. Tom, on the other hand, does not think it is a big deal to spend ten dollars on a dog since he has an abundance of wealth at his disposal. All the while, he is fully aware of the scam the man is pulling recognizing, “It’s a bitch”, not a boy like the man claimed (Fitzgerald 28). Furthermore, Tom understands that his money will be used to “buy ten more dogs”, through his tone looking down on the
Wanting to be with her true love again, she sneaks visits with him without Tom knowing. Just like Myrtle had, Daisy torn into her own marriage. She loved both men, but as soon as it was found out, the men began fighting for her. “I glanced at Daisy who was staring terrified between Gatsby and her husband…” (Fitzgerald 143). This isn’t what Daisy wanted at all. At some point Daisy loved Tom, and it’s very likely that she still does, regardless of all of his cheating. Living a life of riches for so long has affected her with affluenza, blinding her morals as it did to Tom. When someone already has everything they could ever ask for, they’re still going to want more. Something to work for, or else life becomes boring as Daisy points out many times in the novel. When both men she loves are threatening each other and fighting for her fondness she’s realized what she’s done wrong. She’s fallen into the same trap as Myrtle, being stuck between two men, but she still has feelings for Tom.“I saw them in Santa Barbara when they came back and I thought I’d never seen a girl so mad about her husband. If he left the room for a minute she’d look around uneasily and say ‘Where’s Tom gone?’” (Fitzgerald 83). Gatsby tries to convince Daisy that she loves him and only him, yet Daisy actually loves them both. After Daisy was married she could think about anything except Tom, while Gatsby has spent the five
Tom views Daisy as his trophy wife, a woman he can have to make things look good at home and while he’s out on business while he secretly travels to New York to have an affair with Myrtle, thus making her a victim of Tom’s infidelities. The way Tom dehumanizes her is by making her seem small, almost fairy-like and by not allowing her to express herself. Though, he’s not physically putting his hands on Daisy, he still has a violent side and is doing a violent act of not allowing Daisy to be herself. Daisy accuses Tom for her bruised finger and later in the novel, Tom “strikes Myrtle’s nose” (). In a way Daisy’s just Tom’s “beautiful little fool” (), because she continues to put up with his cheating because she is scared to leave his possession of security and stability because that’s something Gatsby can’t offer
The voice in my head says that just thing to do, the other part of me would agree with the rest of the town. It is the day before the trial and I am still contemplating my stance on it. The air is warm and quiet but my house has a certain chill to it. I slowly rise out of my old and worn bed to visit Maudie a couple houses down. Whenever I brush out my short curly hair I tend to think more and more about Tom, poor thing. As I walk up to meet with Maudie I see her tending to the aromatic carnations growing in her vivid, organized lawn. We sit on her porch and sip overly-sweetened tea and gossip about whatever new event is occurring in our small town. The porch was quiet for a moment, then I brought up something eating away at my thoughts, the trial. Being a friend of Atticus, Maudie naturally believes that it is the right thing to defend an innocent man. I believe the same thing, though being the southern women I am, I can’t wrap my brain around taking a black man’s word over a white man’s. Maudie begins striking up gossipy conversation once more. I thank her for the sweet tea and make
...y. When Daisy states that he is a brute, he expresses his dissatisfaction, however he remains calm. This illustrates that her perception is blurred since she does not recognize the fact that Tom has very little respect for her. Her trust for Tom is at a highly excessive level, ultimately resulting in the cost of her life. This occurs as “she (rushes) out (onto the road), into the dusk waving her hands and shouting” at the car in which she believes Tom to be driving. (7. 5-6. 137) As she sees the approaching vehicle she anticipates that it will stop for her since Tom is driving it. When she realizes that Tom is not in the car, and that the car is not stopping, it is too late and Myrtle is killed instantly. The poor sense of judgement that Myrle carries in her affair with Tom best illustrates her as the tragic hero.
After Myrtle dies, Tom shows a side of him that is rarely seen. “And if you think I [don’t] have my share of suffering” (178). It almost seems as if Tom is trying to win Nick’s approval. Similarly, Gatsby makes up lies about himself to make seem more appealing to others. At Tom’s house, Daisy tells Nick about how she wishes her daughter would be “a beautiful little fool” (17) because women are not taken very seriously and are considered trophies that the men compete for.. After saying this, Daisy smirks as if “ she [has] asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom [belong]” (17). Daisy allows Nick to have a glimpse into her glamorous, yet conflicted life. Even Jordan, the woman he has a crush on, reveals to Nick about Tom and Daisy’s complicated relationship. “Tom’s got some woman in New York” (15). Upon hearing this scandalous news, the reader can understand Tom from the way Nick sees
Myrtle is, as Daisy, impressed with Tom's wealth and appearance, but, like Jay Gatsby, is stuck in a fantastic, idealized perception of her object of affection. Even when abused and trampled over by Tom, Myrtle continues to adore him, just as Gatsby continues to dote upon Daisy after being obviously rejected by her. As far as ethical considerations, Gatsby tends to prove himself a sincere and caring person, while Daisy and Tom just destroy the lives of two people and then leave town to escape the consequences of their actions.
Daisy knows very well that tom is cheating on her, but doesn’t care because it's more convenient to stay in her unhappy marriage. Even though she wants to be with Gatsby, she wants to keep her social status and being with Tom makes this all the easier. Now, this is quite the opposite of Myrtle. She has a loving husband who would do anything for her, but her social status is all she cares about. Myrtle is willing to hurt George and ruin their marriage in order to climb up the social ladder. Neither of these women have respect for themselves. Both Daisy and Myrtle allow Tom to treat them
Throughout the novel, one of Tom 's biggest careless acts was when he cheated on Daisy. Tom is a cocky, confident man shown many times throughout the novel like when Nick arrived at his house and "Tom Buchanan in riding clothes was standing with his legs apart on the front porch" (Fitzgerald 6). His stance showed his arrogance, and how highly he thought of himself because of his wealth. Tom was a man who often acted without thinking things through, like having an affair with Myrtle. Despite both Tom and Myrtle being married, they both had affairs. Tom doesn 't hide his affair from Nick and introduces him to his mistress Myrtle at Wilson 's garage. Tom doesn 't seem to care if anyone finds out because he feels as though nothing would change due to his wealth. While at Myrtle 's husbands garage, Tom tells Myrtle to meet him at the train station. They end up going to their apartment in New York City that they keep for their affair. While at the Morningside Height 's apartment Myrtle starts to talk about Tom 's wife Daisy, ""Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!" shouted Mrs. Wilson. "I 'll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai-"" (Fitzgerald 37). Tom didn 't like Myrtle overstepping her boundaries and to show