Daisy And Myrtle In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is a novel filled with characters that drastically compare and contrast. Two characters that are surprisingly similar are Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. While both characters have things in common, they also have things that differ. The characters have different wants in life, but both turn to having affairs in order to fulfill these wants. Two women who despise each other have more in common than meets the eye. Daisy and Myrtle are two characters who are not particularly cordial to each other. Daisy and her husband, Tom Buchanan, are in a loveless relationship. Tom turns to Myrtle to fulfill the love that is missing in his marriage. Daisy knows about this affair, but this does not cause her to leave Tom. Daisy instead…show more content…
The most obvious differences is their physical differences. Daisy is described as light skinned, blonde, and skinny. She is even called beautiful by her cousin, Nick calloway. Daisy dressed in mostly white and was seen as delicate. Myrtle is described as dark skinned, gaudy, and curvacious. She dressed in mostly black and was seen as a loud character. Myrtle and Daisy are also different in the way that they both get different things out of their affair. Myrtle resents her husband because she is convinced she married into a lower class. Having an affair with Tom allows her to feel as if she is apart of the upper class which fulfills her wants in life. In chapter two Tom buys her a copy of the “Town Tattler” newspaper. This shows Myrtle is very concerned on what is going on with the rich and famous. If Myrtle knows what is going on within the upper class this allows her to feel as if she is apart of it. Myrtle is after money and fame in her affair. The one thing Daisy gets out of her affair is love. It is no secret that Daisy and Tom are not happy. Gatsby allows Daisy to be genuinely happy. Daisy already has riches and fame. The one thing she is missing in her relationship is love. This causes her to turn to Gatsby for what she is not receiving in her marriage. Both women have affairs to fulfill their wants in life. Their wants are just on different ends of the
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