Similarities Between Daisy And Myrtle In The Great Gatsby

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Living A Lie The Roaring Twenties as an era full of pizzazz, glamour and ambition. In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author illustrates his thoughts and opinions on many societal issues through the use of setting, characters and context. The valuable qualities of the 1920’s hides the true identity of the generation. In particular, the contrast of Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson emphasizes the moral corruption in society. Notably, their personalities are related through their internal feelings and external traits. Likewise, Daisy and Myrtle's relationships are comparable through their affairs and unhappy marriages. Hence, Daisy and Myrtle are distinctive through their appearances; both, physically and by their attire. …show more content…

Daisy dresses in light, airy clothing that depicts her as an innocent, pure and soft character. Meanwhile, Myrtle wears vibrantly coloured clothing which reflects on her loud and arrogant personality. Indeed, when the reader is first introduced to Daisy, she is described to be wearing a white dress that was rippling and fluttering as she if she had been blown back after a short flight around the house (Fitzgerald 12). Nevertheless, at Tom and Myrtle’s small party in New York, Myrtle changes her clothing repeatedly. When Nick first meets her she is wearing “a spotted dress of dark blue” (Fitzgerald 29). Once Tom, his mistress and Nick reached the apartment, Myrtle “had changed her dress to a brown figured muslin” (Fitzgerald 31). Finally, “Mrs. Wilson had changed her costume [...] and was now attired in an elaborate afternoon dress of cream-coloured chiffon” (Fitzgerald 35). Notably, Daisy’s delicate demeanour reflects her quiet and calming nature. Daisy’s fluttering dress makes her seem as if she had been blown away in the wind; she is light, elegant and fragile. On the other hand, Myrtle wears a lot of colourful items, which is associated with her bold, forceful and strong personality. In addition, she changes her attire endlessly. This shows the appearance versus the reality as Myrtle is attempting to look more glamorous and rich then she really is. Comparatively to Daisy and Myrtle's tastes in fashion, they both contrast in physical features. Daisy has blonde hair, a distinct voice and is light skinned; she is named after a flower that symbolizes innocence and purity. On the other hand, Myrtle has a “thickish figure” (Fitzgerald 29) with darker skin and brown hair; her name reflects on her personality. Particularly, Daisy has a “low, thrilling voice” (Fitzgerald 13) that is “full of money” (Fitzgerald 127). Nick describes Daisy’s face as “sad and

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