After eleven years of an unhappy marriage Myrtle sees her affair with Tom as an escape from the awful like she is living in. The fact that she knows so little about the upper class men and the poor judgement of her character makes her an easy target for Tom to take advantage of her. Although she finally buys everything that she desired for, she never could have Tom’s heart all to herself. Tom would rather not leave Daisy because their marriage represents a larger meaning than only love it almost a symbol that show their social status. "Daisy!
If Tom cared about Daisy he would not be seeing other women, it was also revealed that Myrtle was not the first person Tom had an affair with, which just proves this even further. The actions Tom takes near the end of the story show how hypocritical Tom really is. For some reason, Tom is irritated that Gatsby and Daisy seem to have feelings for each other, but his affair with Myrtle is completely fine with him. To Tom, there is nothing wrong with him cheating on Daisy, but Daisy wanting to be with Gatsby is a horrid thing, even
She’s a catholic, they don’t believe in divorce” (Fitzgerald 33) Nick, knowing Daisy, notices some faults in this statement as he tells the reader, “Daisy was not catholic, and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of this lie” This leads us to believe that tom really didn’t have any plans at all to divorce Daisy or marry Myrtle. Tom manipulated
“She smiled slowly and walking through her husband as if he were a ghost and shook hands with Tom, looking him flush in the eye.” We can see the disinterest she has for George by comparing her attraction towards Tom. Even beyond George and Myrtle’s relationship, Tom and Myrtle’s relationship is just a shallow. Myrtle is attracted to wealth, which is why she married George to begin with. Although she might feel some deeper level of attraction towards Tom, perhaps even love, he has no intent of loving Myrtle. She is just another mistress to Tom, and he is willing to give her the lavish lifestyle that she so desperately wants so that he can get what he wants,
For instance, when Tom gets furious at Myrtle, his mistress, for speaking Daisy’s name(Tom’s wife), Tom, “making a short deft movement, [...] breaks [Myrtle 's] nose with his open hand(37).” This scene, without doubt, portrays Tom’s lack of respect for women and it shows that Tom views Myrtle as nothing more than an object that is meant to please his sexual desires. Tom sees himself as a superior to Myrtle and feels that he has the right to punish and put her back into her submissive role when she steps out of line. Similarly, Wilson is also prompted to violence by
(Page 15) In addition to tom and his secrets, daisy had some of her own with her past significant other Mr. Jay Gatsby. Before Daisy was introduced to Tom, she was in a deep relationship with Gatsby. The two were together before they separated for 5 years. Just as Tom and Myrtle were having private affairs, Gatsby and Daisy were doing the same. On the other hand, Tom confronts Gatsby and Daisy about their actions.
Tom and Daisy both were unfaithful to each other, which went against every societal ideal pertaining to family structure. Their relationship was a complete mess, yet they still claimed to have loved each other. Although at first glance Tom
However, Tom claims, “[Daisy] is a Catholic and they don’t believe in divorce” (Fitzgerald 33). The truth is that Daisy is not Catholic, and Tom is using this as an excuse to not marry Myrtle. Like Gatsby, Myrtle will never be accepted into the upper class even by those who love
Although Tom tries to cover up for his actions, Daisy knows what he has done and because of how others percieve their relationship they will not leave each other to prtect themselves. No matter what Tom puts Daisy through, he knows that she will stay with him, and although Daisy knows about Toms affairs, she stays to uphold her image and ranking in their social class. While their relationship is complicated and torturous, Tom and Daisy do ttheir best to keep up their facade. Fitzgeralds depiction of a broken household trying to stay together seems more than acurate when taking todays relationships and marraiges into consideration.While most of these reckless relationships come to and end, with the right reasons some may find an excuse to