Symptoms of a Greater Sickness While classic literature may be an abundant source of philosophical reflection and rich moral analysis, it severely lacks representational diversity which renders these insights irrelevant to modern culture. These assertions cannot be classified as universal because the environment in which they are constructed is not demographically-proportional to society. Additionally, further examination of certain literary pieces reveal that rather than failing to reflect a diversified society, they systematically reject this diversification, whether that be in regards to gender, ethnicity, nationality, or sexuality. This bigotry is perpetuated in texts such as The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway and The Great Gatsby …show more content…
In The Great Gatsby, Myrtle is the mistress of Tom Buchanan. The novel provides a very limited scope of her life and motivations. The only time she is ever even mentioned is when she serves as a catalyst for Tom’s emotional angst. When Nick Carraway is first introduced to her, one of his first observations is that she was “faintly stout, but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can” (Fitzgerald 28). This sort of objectification truly sets the tone for her character arc. While nothing is inherently wrong with Fitzgerald’s choice to depict her as a sensuous women, the problem stems from his tendency to only characterize her as so. Stereotyping is harmful to the female identity and how women are perceived in society, which is why The Great Gatsby is a prime example of sexism amongst classic literature. Daisy and Gatsby later kill Myrtle after accidentally running her over with their car. Even though she has family, a sister who was mentioned earlier in the book, Fitzgerald chose to focus on her husband’s discovery that “Myrtle had some sort of life apart from him in another world and the shock had made him physically sick” (Fitzgerald 132). Her husband’s reaction to being cuckolded and Tom’s reaction to losing his mistress, which is later mentioned in the novel as well, is given more precedence than the death of Myrtle herself. Her death is not about her, essentially; it is about the repercussions it causes for the men around her. Additionally, the language Fitzgerald employs in his description of George Wilson’s emotional breakdown is very unsettling. The implications of him becoming physically ill at the thought that his wife could wield her own autonomy speaks to how men disregard female agency in the
Myrtle was married to George but that didn’t stop her from getting with someone else. Myrtle was having an affair with Tom which ended up setting off a chain reaction. Myrtle was hit by a car that Daisy was driving under the influence, but because Gatsby loved Daisy so much, he took the blame for her death. But if Myrtle would have never gotten involved with Tom's relationship it would have never happened and she wouldn't even be a piece in the story.
Later on in the novel the violence escalates, “The death car, as the newspapers called it, never stopped...” (Fitzgerald 137). This quote is referring to Myrtle getting hit by a car. This incident causes a reaction from her husband, George Wilson. From his reaction we get to see a glimpse into the nature of man.
F. Scott Fitzgerald shares with the reader something that would make them feel uncomfortable to show the craziness that Gatsby has gone to for Daisy. A normal person does not collect photos of someone that they are secretly in love with and Fitzgerald knows this, which is why he adds it. This makes the reader now rethink what they had thought of Gatsby as just a mysterious character now making them think of him as a crazy stalker obsessed with Daisy. As the reader further understands Gatsby's crazy love, the author shows them the extent to which Gatsby will go regarding Daisy and the accident resulting in Myrtle's death. After the accident Nick talks to Gatsby to further understand the incident in which Nick asks Gatsby, “‘Was Daisy driving?’” to which Gatsby replies with, “‘Yes,’ he said after a moment, ‘but of course, I'll say I was’” (143).
Myrtle Wilson’s husband is named George Wilson, unfortunately, she is miserable being married with him. She is having an affair with Tom, “There is always a halt there of at least a minute and it was because of this that I first met Tom Buchanan’s mistress.” (Fitzgerald ## ) Nick Carraway implies that Myrtle is having an affair with Tom. Myrtle married George Wilson because she thought that he had money so she married him, later she discovered that he is not wealthy and married Myrtle with a borrowed suit. She feels better that she cheats on him with Tom Buchanan.
Myrtle is accustomed to living an underprivileged life where feminine power engulfs her, but Tom is too egotistical to allow Myrtle to speak with such authority to him. Similarly, Gatsby’s need for assurance from Daisy pressures her into revealing to Tom that she never loved him (Fitzgerald 132). Deep down, Daisy knows that she truly did love Tom once, but Gatsby’s assertiveness and persistence drives her over the edge to telling Tom that what the two of them shared meant nothing to her. Daisy’s attribute of being a pushover is revealed immensely because she refuses to stand up for herself. Daisy is used to enabling Tom to constantly control all aspects of her life, and that leaves her powerless in society.
As we get to know throughout the novel, both of them have an affair, Daisy meets again with her old love, Gatsby, and Myrtle is the mistress of Tom. Daisy comes from a wealthy upper-class family and she has been raised in privilege while Myrtle has to fight for everything she has. Myrtle is attempting to give the impression of a wealthy, high-class woman, but she does not have the figure of a high-class woman. She has a “thick fish figure” (25) which connotes that she is not a skinny type nor beautiful. The appearance of Daisy is the contrast of Myrtle.
Myrtle is Tom Buchanan’s lover, her husband George owns a rundown garage in the valley of ashes and she possesses fierce vitality and desperately looks for ways to improve her situation. Sadly she chooses Tom who treats her as an object of his desire. She is mid-thirties, short and plump but carries her extra flesh voluptuously. She wears clothes that are stretched tight over her fairly broad hips. (Fitzgerald p.28) Myrtles personality and behavior show that she wants to climb the social status with her acute manner and vigor.
Myrtle wasn’t Loyal or willing to handle the situation like an adult. In Wilson's eyes, he had to get her away. One of the main events causing Gatsby’s death was Myrtle's death. If she hadn’t been so adamant about running from Wilson as fast as she could, she wouldn't have been hit by Daisy. This singular event put it all in motion, causing Wilson to be blinded by hatred and disdain for whoever was cheating with his wife; that was all he could think of.
In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays women in an extremely negative light. The idea Fitzgerald gives off is that women are only good for their looks and their bodies and that they should just be a sex symbol rather than actually use their heads. He treats women like objects and the male characters in the novel use women, abuse women, and throw them aside. I believe that Daisy, Jordan and Myrtle are prime examples of women in The Great Gatsby being treated poorly.
The theme of The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is that the upper class tend to participate in actions that are commonly seen as dishonest, unfaithful, or sketchy. Characters like Nick, Gatsby, Tom and George have twisted views on their own reality due to unfaithfulness and dishonesty. Nick was constantly lied to in the story, for example, Gatsby lied to him about where he got his money. Lies, similar to the one above, gave Nick some twisted views on the reality of his friendship. Gatsby had a twisted view on love due to Daisy marrying Tom right after he left for the war, rather than waiting for him.
Literary deaths always have a meaning, and the abrupt demise of various characters in The Great Gatsby is no exception. As tensions build and secret loves are proclaimed, characters begin to meet untimely deaths. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Gatsby and Wilson's deaths, along with Gatsby's funeral, to symbolize the death of the American dream. Both men simply want to be successful and happy, and neither of them achieve their ultimate dreams.
When Tom Buchanan has an affair with Myrtle, he leads her astray for her to believe that he loves her, even though he does not, resulting in her death. When Daisy does not show up to Gatsby’s funeral, she proves to her cousin that she is nothing but childish. Based on the outcomes of the careless actions of these
Gatsby uses the last five years of his life trying to achieve his one goal of obtaining Daisy as his wife and spending the rest of his life with her, but what happens to him instead is unexpected and undeserved. Jay Gatsby got shot and killed by George Wilson. Gatsby did not sleep with Myrtle, he is an honorable man and would not sleep with another man’s wife. Gatsby also did not kill Myrtle, if he did he would have stopped the car and not just kept driving. Daisy did not talk to Gatsby ever again after the accident.
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.
Whether Daisy didn’t want Gatsby as her “main man” because of his lower social status, or how Tom wanted someone to fool around with, that being Myrtle, no one can quite find the “perfect” person to fit their needs and desires, thus they felt the need to branch out and have other lovers to help satisfy their needs. The whole book can be seen as portraying a simple, yet powerful message: in order to find true love, you have to look past the apparent things on the outside that are appealing, and look down into a person’s heart to see what they’re really