“For in that sleep of death what dream may come, / When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, / Must give us pause,” (Shakespeare, Hamlet, 3.1.67-69). As parents, it is often debated whether or not it is healthy for children to dream. Perhaps imagination could strengthen mental capacity, but fall too deep into that “sleep of death”, will one slip away from reality and drown. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s riveting novel, The Great Gatsby demonstrates that to be a dreamer biases, endangers, and limits; which suppresses character development both internally and in relationships with others. A lower class woman, Myrtle Wilson yearns to have and be more than she is, resulting in fatal consequences. Meanwhile, Daisy Buchanan, wealthy wife to a cheating …show more content…
This hit-and-run accident is the tragic outcome of her desperate and unrealistic dreams. As a lower class resident of the Valley of Ashes, Myrtle’s role as Tom’s lover allowed her to escape her drab and disappointing life for one of spoils and vigor. Upon meeting her at the garage, the narrator, Nick immediately describes Myrtle to be a “faintly stout” woman, containing “no facet or gleam of beauty” (Fitzgerald 28). However, his impression of her changes later on at the apartment as, “She flounced over to the dog, kissed it with ecstasy, and swept into the kitchen, implying that a dozen chefs awaited her orders there” (Fitzgerald 33). Myrtle’s newfound confidence and extravagant behaviour show just how much she strives to be more than a mechanic’s wife of the lower class. For a time, she succeeds her mission by being with Tom who gifts her with the ability to become somebody else; someone who has a dozen chefs waiting on her like a queen. This does not last though, as these illusionary dreams bring her life to a violent halt. In the end, Myrtle is not truly able to achieve her hopes and dreams. Her husband states, “‘I told her she might fool me but she couldn’t fool God’” (Fitzgerald 128). Myrtle cannot veritably become who or what she aspired and instead gave her life in pursuit of
Daisy is “revealed as the most careless of all the drivers” during the hit-and-run incident where she kills Myrtle Wilson (Lance 29). Before driving home from New York City, Daisy admits that “she was very nervous” (Fitzgerald 151) and is visibly distracted by Tom and Gatsby’s previous encounter. In addition to killing Wilson, Daisy employs various attempts to cover up her mistake, leaving Gatsby to suffer the ramifications of her actions. Daisy is able to get away with her actions as when she leaves the car that killed Wilson, she “recedes into the security of her social class” (Lance 30). The Buchanan's position in society and wealth allows Daisy to flee the West Egg and avoid all responsibility for her brash decisions.
But in the end she dies because she wanted to be with her lover instead of being with her husband. In the book Myrtle is living with her husband in the Valley of Ashes who owns a Gas business. They don’t have much and isn’t really doing to well so myrtle sets out and finds herself a rich man to
During chapter 2, when Nick arrives at Myrtle and Tom’s apartment, Myrtle discusses about her regrets about marrying George and says “I knew I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never told me about it”(Fitzgerald 35). It really shows where Myrtle’s heart is for George. She just looks for money in man. It’s ironic though, while she uses her love to deceive George, her love is also deceiving her because Tom claims that “Daisy catholic and don’t believe in a divorce”(Fitzgerald 33).
Myrtle marries a man named Wilson, hoping that he will give her the wealth she craves. However, when that does not happen, she cheats on him with Tom, knowing he is wealthy. Myrtle tells Tom, “The only crazy was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never even told me about it…”
This quote reveals how badly Myrtle felt after she witnessed Tom with another woman. Myrtle's relationship with Tom brought her nothing but hurtful feelings. "The other car, the one going toward New York, came to a rest a hundred yards beyond, and its driver hurried back to where Myrtle Wilson, her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with the dust" (137). This further explains how Myrtle's relationship with Tom has affected her negatively. Myrtle's greed for money eventually led to her downfall.
Later associating Myrtle and George’s relationship, Fitzgerald falls in love with a woman named Zelda and is informally engaged to her, but she declines to marry him due to his financial instability. As the realization finally kicks in about their upcoming marriage, Myrtle later says, “I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never told me about it” (Fitzgerald 27). Myrtle becomes disappointed with George’s lack of social status and wealth, and realizes that she has made the mistake of marrying for love, not money. She eventually turns to Tom, who is much wealthier than George, and has an affair to feel better about her stifled marriage.
Myrtle dies not just because she could never break free of her illusions, but because she made her illusions her reality, not being able to exist without them. She does not have the financial backing or status to continue living in her
Just like Daisy, Myrtle chooses money over love. She cheats on her husband George with Tom. Myrtle was a woman from the lower class who desired to be a part of the higher class. Tom spoiled Myrtle and gave her the lifestyle she always wanted. She belittles her husband and talk bad about him because he is not at the top of the social ladder where Tom is.
It is no surprise that her death is caused by her expectation that Tom is driving the yellow car and will stop to pick her up. Instead she is met with the cruel reality that she can’t get what she wants. Myrtle shows that people must work for what they want, and by just using a person of
What she doesn't understand, in any case, is that Tom and his companions will never acknowledge her into their circle. (Notice how Tom has an example of picking lower-class ladies to lay down with. For him, their frailty makes his particular position considerably more prevalent. Strangy, being with ladies who seek to his class improves him feel about himself and enables him to sustain the dream that he is a decent and imperative man.) Myrtle is close to a toy to Tom and to those he speaks to.
Imagination, it cures desires and provides satisfaction to some people who can not have everything they want. Although providing a temporary positive effect, it also can distort the reality. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby spends five years watching Daisy from across the lake, creating an imaginary future for them in his head. Gatsby ultimately dooms their relationship by creating this abstract world and standards that they simply can not meet. The world in which Gatsby believed in, required the past to be repeated, something in which Daisy had moved far away from.
Continuing on, in the book George Wilson, Myrtle 's husband, says, “God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God” (Fitzgerald 159). The quote is stating that Myrtle can fool George into believing she is not cheating,
(Fitzgerald, 35). By basing George’s wealth on his looks and personality, Myrtle banishes herself into a life in the valley of ashes. This reveals how materialistic Myrtle. How she only cared about George for his money, which he turned out to have none. This is an example how Myrtle is corrupted by the idea that the American Dream will exalt her to a higher social status and wealth class.
The Great Gatsby, written by Scott Fitzgerald, features the “American dream”. This dream comes with the fake perception of a person receiving everything they could only hope for. Scott’s romanticism plays as a major influence in his writings and his idea of reaching his own American dream. Scott Fitzgerald’s image of the good life is portrayed the through his writings of binging and a better self-image, but can he interpret the difference between fantasy and his own life realities? .