The Great Gatsby Myrtle Analysis

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In the Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway returns to the great east coast in hopes of learning about the bond business. Having gone to school in Connecticut and attending Yale, he remembers an old friend, Tom Buchanan, who has moved to the big apple, as known as New York City. He went to the Buchanan household in hopes to rekindle old friendships and find some sort of familiarity in his new city. There he met with his old friend Tom, Toms wife, Daisy, who was coincidentally Nicks cousin and met new people that were in relations with the Buchanan’s. The next evening, Tom took Nick and left to the city, and Nick meets the rumored mistress Tom have been raving about, named Myrtle Wilson, and this is the beginning of the chaos. Nick is brought…show more content…
She knew she was being watched by everyone in the room, and even changed to a second elaborate dress, which also stated that “her personality had also undergone a change.” She received a compliment from Mrs. McKee, and her response to McKee was a look of sarcasm that screamed for more compliments, which she did get. Myrtle also talked about men and how she basically used them for fortune and reputation and even showed her flirtatious side to Nick. Throughout the book, this is what is seen for the character Myrtle, and these traits of hers set the tone for her character in this society she lives in. In this first party scene, Tom right away shows his very aggressive side. First off, Tom is passing around the drinks with no end near in sight, essentially insisting the group to drink more, and this shows how pushy he could get without realizing it. Also, he is very controlling with Myrtle and makes her say or do things she might not have wanted to say. Tom even broke the nose of Myrtle, acknowledging his abusive side, which is shown with his relationship with Daisy. Throughout the book, Tom is portrayed as a presumptuous person, and his aggressive and cruelness unquestionably shaped the way the book…show more content…
Although, Catherine was more attentive to what was going on, since she did not drink, and two, she used her brain a lot more than the rest. She did recognize the fact that none of the couples at the house couldn’t stand each other, and she was right. This exposed the novel because all the couples were shady and were hiding from their actual loved ones. Cheating and scandals and secrets occurred just for wealth and fortune throughout this book. The first party that happened in the apartment of Tom and Myrtles set the tone of the society that all these characters lived in. This was the time of upcoming fortune and everyone wanted a taste of it. Unfortunately for these characters, they obtained their success of wealth the wrong way, which then caused the widespread of problems within family, love, and marriage. The first party set up the issues to progress into creating more lies, which in the end of the novel resulted in one too many deaths. Tactlessly, these characters did not see what they had coming all because of the lies they decided on
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