Examples Of Myrtle In The Great Gatsby

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Throughout the story, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby, the main character, attempts to raise himself to the status where it would be acceptable to be with Daisy Buchanan. This proves impossible as the only way Gatsby can move up is economically, and although Gatsby becomes quite wealthy, he could never be with Daisy because he lacks the social status that comes with “old money” and was necessary to be in her league. It is also this social status, mixed with certain circumstances of the event, that allows Daisy and Tom to escape the consequences of Myrtle’s death. Gatsby wants nothing more than to have Daisy again. When he first meets her and they date Gatsby figures that it is not serious and that he won’t get attached to …show more content…

What happens to this puppy after Myrtle is killed? For that matter, who took care of it when Myrtle was alive but with Wilson? The “old money” and social status that Daisy and Tom have is what allows them to escape consequences following Myrtle's death, yet again leaving a situation without dealing with it. Nick describes the habit exceptionally when he says, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (179). Without the large amount of money in the Buchanan’s coffers Daisy and Tom would not have been able to leave their home and move elsewhere at the drop of a hat. Physical distance from a crime can help very much in avoiding consequences especially if you aren’t a suspect. However, the probability of them being suspected is low anyways, due to their prominence in the community. Even if they were being accused and taken to trial, the likelihood of there being a severe punishment would be very low as they would have access to the best attorneys and would be able to pay any fine in order to avoid jail time. Also, bribing a judge with an obscene amount of money is also not out of the

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