Essay The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a classic American novel that incorporates both marxist and feminist views in order to demonstrate the ways that some of the characters in the story challenged the status quo of society in the 1920’s. The female characters in the novel manipulated their male counterparts in that they started to break away from the norm of being escorted places and doing more and more things that were previously male dominated activities. The novel’s dramatic situation is a story based on a real-life murder between two lovers that were married to other people. This inspired Fitzgerald to write the best-selling novel known today.

In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson is a minor character who comes from an area that would be known as the slums. Her and her husband, George Wilson, are not very wealthy people but they get by on what they have. According to Mangum, Myrtle is not one of the most intelligent women in the book. She exemplifies Daisy’s reference to her infant daughter as well as the rest of the women in the 1920s that “that 's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”(Mangum.) She is a fool to think that her and Tom will ever be able to become something more than just a mistress and a cheater because Tom is too busy with Daisy and their daughter. Myrtle is envious towards Daisy because she practically has it all; the husband, the money, and the lifestyle. She has such a desire to acquire this…

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