Compare And Contrast Myrtle And The Great Gatsby

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The American dream has been talked about for the longest time ever, but what really is considered the American dream? According to F. Scott Fitzgerald, in the Great Gatsby, the people who lived the American dream lived a rich and high socialite life. These people were also married into a rich family and had high class and rich husbands. Throughout the essay, these concepts will be analyzed by comparing two different characters, Jay Gatsby and Myrtle, to show how important these attributes really were in order to successfully live the American Dream. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was a great representation of the 1920’s. The roaring 20’s was a time when fashion, high social status, and being rich was all the talk. It was a time of …show more content…
For women, hairstyles such as bobs were considered the new best thing. Keep in mind before this time long hair styles were considered the best choice due to their femininity, but during this cultural rebellion most things changed. Whereas for men, the shiny, slick, flat hair was considered the most attractive. Fashion went from being mostly conservative, to more flashy and out there. An example of this would be the widely known flapper dresses with sequins and fringe. Men typically wore their suits and a hat. The American dream has been talked about for the longest time ever, but what really is considered the American dream? According to F. Scott Fitzgerald, in the Great Gatsby, the people who lived the American dream lived a rich and high socialite life. These people were also married into a rich family and had high class and rich husbands. Throughout the essay, these concepts will be analyzed by comparing two different characters, Jay Gatsby and Myrtle, to show how important these attributes really were in order to successfully live the American …show more content…
However, he was not born into this money, unlike Tom Buchanan, Gatsby worked his way up. Gatsby lived this high socialite, popular, and rich life, but no one really knew how and who he truly was. In the novel his life is told as so, he was born into a poor family. However, unlike Myrtle, he showed extreme determination and therefore achieved the American Dream. Unlike Myrtle, who never left her husband because she needed the sense of security, he actually left his family behind and practically forgot them. His dream was to win Daisy back after all those years. However, through the process he somewhat lost himself. He turned to partying and drinking heavily, which builds up to his death. Although he had all the riches and popularity, he never had the one thing he wanted,

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