Analysis Of Myrtle Wilson In The Great Gatsby

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The classic American novel The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. The book is set in the 1920’s, just following World War I and during the Prohibition era, and dives deep into the lives of some of the wealthiest people in New York. This period is notoriously known for heavy drinking and the booming economy- these themes are very prevalent in The Great Gatsby. Readers witness the characters living their luxurious lifestyles and hosting or attending lavish parties. Among all the characters in this story, there is one that some readers wish they knew more about: Ms. Myrtle Wilson. Though she was one of the most essential characters in this book, there seems to be little known about Mrs.Wilson. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald presents Myrtle Wilson as a selfish woman who lacks morals and does not care how her actions affect others, when in reality, she just wanted to fit in and feel important. Myrtle Wilson is the wife of George Wilson, the car repairman in the low-class region between West Egg and New York; she is also Tom Buchanan’s mistress. Fitzgerald first describes Myrtle as having a “thickish figure,” “faintly stout,” and explains that her face “contained no facet or gleam of beauty,” but her actions and personality make up for her lack of physical perfection (Fitzgerald 25). Mrs. Wilson does most things in a sultry manner, which suggests a lot about her character. Myrtle is the type of woman to lead on every male that she crosses paths with, that
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