Myrtle Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald lived the American Dream in his prime. He published The Great Gatsby in the twenties, and he strived to do things exactly as his fictional character Jay Gatsby would. The parties Fitzgerald threw were replicas of those of Jay Gatsby. Fitzgerald envied his Gatsby in every aspect. Upon his death in 1940, the book started selling during and after World War II, when the American Dream seemed more attainable than ever. Jay Gatsby is an American icon. Every man wishes they could throw parties like him, and every woman wishes they were with him. In Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, he portrays the roaring twenties just as they were; the greatest time to live in America. Characters such as Tom and Gatsby have …show more content…
She often commands Wilson around, telling him "Get some chairs, why don 't you, so somebody can sit down” (26). Where Wilson responds with a quick "Oh, sure” (26), and proceeds to quickly get them. In many scenes, Wilson seems afraid of Myrtle, and Myrtle takes advantage of him, and doesn’t even love him. She claims she only married him because she thought he was a gentleman, declaring "I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn 't fit to lick my shoe” (34). Myrtle is not an emotionally strong character, and gets carried away falling in love with Tom. She sees a puppy and must have it. Tom buys her nice belongings and it takes poor Wilson a very long time to form his ideas together. Myrtle is very bold with the small amount of power she is given, turning it into a lot. Tom puts an end to this when Myrtle proclaims: "Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!" shouted Mrs. Wilson. "I 'll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai----” (37), but she is stopped when Tom beats her across the face, breaking her nose. This is where Myrtle Realizes everything isn’t centered around her, and Tom may not be in love with her the way she is in love with him. Mentally, she completely abandons Wilson and wants Tom more than ever. This eventually causes her death, when she runs out in the road thinking Tom will stop for her, but Tom is not

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