“ I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying”. I am arguing that Fitzgerald would agree Garrison Keillor that Gatsby and Myrtle is a perfect example of how they deny reality. Through Gatsby’s and Myrtle’s actions Fitzgerald illustrates his agreement that someone will look reality straight in the eye and deny it.
Despite the fact that Daisy is married Gatsby still believes they will be together “ ‘ I want to know what Mr. Gatsby has to tell me.’ “ Your wife doesn't love you,” said Gatsby “ she’s never loved you. She loves me .” “ You must be crazy !” “ exclaimed Tom automatically. Gatsby sprang to his feet, vivid with excitement. “She never loved you, do you hear ?” he cried . “ She only married you because I was poor and …show more content…
When Myrtle got to New York her personality had changed and her actions where, " ‘I told that boy about the ice.’ Myrtle raised her eyebrows in despair at the shiftlessness of the lower orders. ‘These people! You have to keep after them all the time.’ “ ( Fitzgerald 32) This quote shows how Myrtle is denying the fact that she is poor. When she is with Tom her whole personality changes and Nick noticed that the first time he meet her. “ ‘ Neither of them can stand the person they’re married to.’ ‘Can’t they ‘ ‘ Can’t stand them’ [...] ‘Doesn't she like Wilson either? ‘ “ (Fitzgerald 33 ) This quote shows that Myrtle denise the fact she doesn't love wilson, and she make up a lie for why Tom doesn't leave Daisy. “ ‘Terrible place isn’t it , ‘said Tom , exchanging a frown with Doctor Eckleburg. ‘Awful. ‘ ‘It does her good to get away .’ Doesn’t her husband object?’ ‘ Wilson ? ‘ He thinks she goes to see her sister in new york. He’s so dumb he doesn’t know he’s alive. ‘ “ This quote stands out because it shows how different Myrtle and Tom’s lives are. Tom doesn’t have any intentions of staying with Myrtle, but Myrle dosen’t know that. When she ran out to Tom’s car she thought he would stop. Not knowing it was him she got hit and killed. Clearly, F. Scott Fitzgerald would agree with Garrison Keillor that some of the characters from The Great Gatsby will look reality straight in the eye and deny it. Gatsby should have moved on. He didn’t consider the fact the Daisy was married, and it had been five years senes they had seen each other. Also Myrel should have been happy with the life she had. She shouldn't have to change herself to please someone else. The moral of this be yourself and be the best you can be. Don’t change yourself in
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From Gatsby’s childhood schedule, Fitzgerald establishes that Gatsby was going to make it far in life. It is when he comes across Daisy (who Fitzgerald characterizes as a siren by her “voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget” (9).) that his life begins to follow a path of obsession. Even though Gatsby and Myrtle both chased after people who represented their temptations (Daisy as an unobtainable first love and Tom as status and wealth), only Gatsby is regarded as good when Nick mentions that “Gatsby turned out all right at the end…” (2). The reason for this could be found near the end of the book when Gatsby tells the gardener to delay draining the pool, stating that “‘I’ve never used that pool all summer’” (153).
The book The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is centered around the roaring 20’s era. The main character is Jay Gatsby who is a shady rich person who lives in West egg in a mansion, and across the way with a green light at the end of the dock is his “so called” girlfriend Daisy( who is already married to a man tom buchanan). This couple and George and Myrtle Wilson convey the theme that love can be in some cases toxic, because it works with the mental and physicality of you. In the book was an affair between Myrtle and Tom buchanan, which these two are already married and in all sense in reality are having affairs. In Chapter 2, Myrtle makes a personal statement of how she feels about her current husband, George Wilson, “ I married
She makes it obvious that she is only interested in wealth and materialistic objects. Myrtle is portrayed to be foolish and adulterous who leaves her husband George for Tom Buchanan because of his wealth. She is
Meaning, that Myrtle is blind to the fact that Tom does not love her because in his he isn’t doing anything that he thinks is completely wrong. So much so that in chapter two he invites Nick to come meet Myrtle. Then Tom and Myrtle have sex together. However,
wilson's love for myrtle is very real, but her love for him isn't, she takes him for granted because he lives in valley of ashes and because he's a greasy mechanic. for an example early in the book when tom takes Nick carraway to the valley of ashes to see Mr. Wilson he ends up seeing Myrtle who he originally planned to see and while Mr.wilson's goes to get drinks she secretly talks to tom about the affair and moving together in an apartment in new york. She’s taking him for granted because he is oblivious to what's going on. Even though they are both lower class she feels that she is better than him, and thinks she can do anything behind his back because he doesn't know better, she doesn't love him. In chapter 2 Myrtle stated that “ married him because I thought he was a gentleman...
Gatsby was taking advantage of Daisy and trying to make her tell Tom that she never loved him, but the truth is, she did love him. She told Gatsby that she loved him, and that she still does love Tom. Gatsby wasn’t the only one trying to manipulate someone else, Myrtle was just as guilty. Myrtle was trying to manipulate Tom since the day they began having an affair. Myrtle kept the affair with Tom going in attempt to get him not to leave her and go back to Daisy.
The desire for a luxurious life is what lures Myrtle into having an affair with Tom. Or Gatsby’s vision of a Happy life with his true love Daisy. The Characters decisions harms their future without them attempting to do so which in turn destroys their vision for the American Dream. When Myrtle first got married to George Wilson, she thought that she was crazy about him and thought that they were happy being together. Myrtle says, “The only crazy, I was was when I married him.
In the novel The Great Gatsby love plays a very important role. It is one of the major themes of the book. Love is purchased multiple times throughout the book. One example in Tom and his mistress, Myrtle. Another example is Daisy and Tom.
She becomes so absorbed in her life with Tom that she transforms herself into what she envisions as an upper class lady. During one of her trips to the city with Tom, she “let four taxi cabs drive away before she selected a new one, lavender-color with grey upholstery” (31). This quote shows how her personality changes around wealth by trying to get people to see how important she is. It also shows that as soon Myrtle steps away from her life with Wilson she becomes a completely new woman. She wants everyone to believe that she is wealthy and of high class, but in
Myrtle is unhappily married to George Wilson but, having an affair with Tom. She says, ““I married him because I thought he was a gentleman,” she said finally. “I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe”” (Fitzgerald 39). At the beginning of their relationship he was nice, but the longer they were together she realized who he was; a lifeless, exhausted auto shop owner; Myrtle was not satisfied with her current life situation.
Tom and Daisy are able to avoid the consequences of Myrtle’s death. After the accident George goes into a rage and to control him Tom tells him “the truth” about “who owned the car” which was Gatsby, but Tom also thinks that Gatsby “ran over Myrtle like you’d run over a dog and never even stopped his car” (Fitzgerald 190-191). George was ready to kill whoever Myrtle was cheating with. Tom then tells George that Gatsby owned the car that had killed Myrtle so George thinks that Myrtle was cheating on him with Gatsby, and that Gatsby killed Myrtle. Tom and Daisy then go on a vacation and leave their problems behind them for others such as Nick to deal with.
In this quote, Myrtle speaks snobbishly while imagining that she sounds fancy. In this quote, Myrtles’ yearning to become a part of the upper class can be seen very easily. In order to create a false impression of being wealthy, she becomes a complete braggart. In fact, Myrtle talks about how she shouldn’t have married into a lower class, and that she only married Wilson because she thought he was a gentleman. In reality, Myrtle is not part of the upper class at all and lives in a tiny garage in a dusty, forgotten place known as the valley of ashes.
What does the symbol show? The symbol selected depicts numerous burnt and crumpled cigarettes lying amongst a mass of char within an ashtray. Of the visible cigarettes, only one remains in a usable condition, and as a result, it has already been lit and thus will burn out soon. The ashtray of which it resides in is made of glass and is elegantly crafted; however, the cinders from the flames have dirtied the glass’ complexion, leaving only a clouded, translucent reflection. Together, this symbol paints a strikingly accurate metaphor of Jay Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy Buchanan.
Throughout The Great Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson desired to fit in with the upper class; however, her marriage to George Wilson prevented such from occurring. Myrtle failed to recognize her husband’s hard work and true character due to her efforts to rise in social status. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald emphasized Myrtle’s hatred towards her marriage through her conversation with Catherine, depicting how people of the twenties focused more on wealth and power compared to moral American values. As readers closely evaluate the moment of Myrtle’s dialogue, she dictated her feelings towards her marriage in a way that supposedly justified her infidelity.
Fitzgerald making these two involved in the affair could be telling that Gatsby and Myrtle are the most corrupted characters because they are interfering with a marriage. Gatsby’s love for Daisy is dangerous and disgustingly sad. Gatsby is blinded by what Daisy actually is, a fraudulent and selfish person so much so that he becomes fraudulent to win her over. During the confrontation Tom mentions that in Gatsby’s past and that “...he and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts.