IB English III
29 September 2015
Myrtle vs. Daisy and the Use of Color Imagery
The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In this essay I will be contrasting the characters of Myrtle Wilson and Daisy Buchanan, paying close attention to Fitzgerald’s use of color imagery to characterize them. The Great Gatsby takes place in New York; primarily in two cities know as East and West Egg, which lie opposite from each other, separated by a river. The book is Nick Carraway’s recollection of his time spent in New York after moving there to start in the bond business. He mainly associates himself with Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, and Jay Gatsby. (He even spends some time with Myrtle Wilson and a couple of her and Tom’s friends at a small party.) …show more content…
Her blonde hair closely resembles a golden color, signifying money and material success— and her desire and reliance for both. Fitzgerald describes Daisy with the line(s): “Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a passionate mouth,” describes her light, joyful personality that also masks her underlying sadness (Fitzgerald 9).
Myrtle Wilson, on the other hand, is more of a bold and vivacious woman. When we have our first encounter with Tom Buchanan’s mistress, she is wearing a “spotted dress of dark blue crepe-de-chine”, which is fitting considering the color of blue symbolizes dreams, aspirations/hopes, and the ultimate bliss (Fitzgerald 25). Myrtle dreams of a life with Tom, where she falsely hopes and believes they will both be able to live “happily ever after” together. Her red lips match her red hair; a red that symbolizes the gaudiness of her
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Myrtle Wilson just so happens to be George Wilson’s wife, and the woman Tom is cheating on Daisy with. George Wilson, is a very poor man, and lives in the Valley of Ashes. George knows that Myrtle is cheating on him but cannot really do anything about it. Myrtle Wilson is an insecure women who loves that she is sleeping with a rich man. Tom is the type of man that wants a woman he can control just like Myrtle and his wife, Daisy.
Gatsby’s quasi-mythical persona is the novel’s ultimate manifestation of ambitious illusions covering up something that is barren. When he meets Daisy, he falls in love with her. But she is more than a person to him. She is also an idealized dream who comes from an old-money background and whose voice is “full of money” (120). Because Gatsby comes from a poor background and believes that he needs to be in Daisy’s social class for them to be together after her marriage, he decides to create a persona and gain enough money to be powerful enough to capture her.
In the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author uses many differnt retorical devices to add a personal flare to his work. He uses diction, symbolism, and irony to adress many different themes. These themes include Materialism, The American Dream, and includes a sharp and biting ridicule on American society in the 1920’s. The main point of Fitzgerald, arguement is one where he sharply criticizes the Society of the time.
The 1920’s was a very interesting time in United States history. After all World War I had ended and many Americans did not realize that the Great Depression was in the near future, so the 1920’s fell between these two dramatic events. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby teaches many morals, but none more important than the duality of the 1920’s. Duality is evident in Gatsby's dreams, his death, his lover Daisy, his wealth, and his parties, which all reflect the duality of the 1920’s. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald makes the concept of achieving the American dream seem improbable.
The Nature of Man The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a detail filled trip back in time to the 1920’s. Fitzgerald tells the story of the inhabitants of West Egg, East Egg, New York City, and everyone in between. He is able to turn something as simple as a party into an entire plot to earn someone's affection and, what might seems like a harmless old billboard, into a symbol that is talked about on numerous occasions. As the novel progresses, more and more characters are introduced.
Since Myrtle is of the lower-class, Tom feels as if he is a king to her and this makes him especially attracted to her because he can receive this kind of attention that he normally doesn’t get. His attraction is based on his feeling of superiority over Myrtle and how he can express that with her, but not with Daisy due to her upper-class nature as well. Myrtle, however, is attracted to Tom because she wants to use him to achieve more in life, with her social class and living in general. These two are attracted to one another because they share similar motives and are both selfish and vain
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel that tells the story of love affairs, the american dream, and the battle between old money versus new money. The main problem of the novel is the fight for Daisy’s heart. Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan, and their love is fading away. Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson, while later on Daisy is having an affair also with Jay Gatsby. The Buchanans come from old money, while Gatsby comes from new money.
Gatsby Thematic Essay In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, lots of connections are drawn through various thematic subjects presented in this novel. One of these connections is between love, wealth, and social status, which are all very prominent subjects within The Great Gatsby. The relationships between various characters within the pages of this written work make one message very apparent: Love can be regarded as flimsy and deceitful when it is dictated by one’s wealth and social status.
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.
Gatsby’s dreams and aspirations in life are rather interesting and amazing as he goes about his life in the book. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald helps highlight the social, moral, and political issue that were very present during the 1920’s and today. Gatsby is the focus of the book as before the book began, he was an ex-soldier who came to wealth by some rather illegal ways. Daisy a married woman is his person of interest, who was his ex-lover 5 years before the book started. Gatsby’s actions, and words demonstrate a clear obsession with Daisy that seems to have no end.
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.
In a book about a tragic love story, one would not expect to find a deeper meaning behind the dangers of jealousy or peril of lust. However, in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there is a deeper meaning beyond jealousy and love. In The Great Gatsby, the author uses an empathetic storyline as a symbol to unwittingly give a complex depiction of the nuisance that people create that not only destroy our world but our society and gives warning to what will occur if we continue the path of destruction. With this intention, the brilliant opinionated writer, expressed his opinion through symbols such as the characters he uses, the setting the story takes place in, and the objects he uses in the book.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, is full of themes of wealth, love, and tragedy. Also during the time this book was written, women’s suffrage had begun, so women were taking their first steps towards equality with men. The three main women characters in the novel: Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker, all have things in common but can be vastly different; they reflect the view of women in the early 20th century. The Great Gatsby portrays the characters Daisy, Myrtle, and Jordan as stereotypes of women during the 1920s, seen in their behavior, beliefs, and their ultimate fate.
Item 2: Color Chart: In the book “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, colors have been used to represent the character’s unapparent and underlying thoughts, feelings, status and class. Through the motif of colors, Fitzgerald depicts the feelings of the character as he refers to a specific color while describing each one of them. The colors make a deep impact on the readers as they contain a profound meaning throughout the novel. There are around five main colors in the novel appearing frequently: white, yellow, green, blue and grey, which help the novel look more gaudy and idealistic.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless classic The Great Gatsby gives readers a look at 1920s America through Nick Carraway’s narration of the events following his move into the West Egg village of Long Island, New York. Nick chronicles the occurrences that happen amongst specific members of the American bourgeois - his second cousin (once removed) Daisy Buchanan, Daisy’s husband Tom Buchanan, and Daisy’s best friend Jordan Baker and a member of the “new rich” Jay Gatsby. Nick Carraway is a reflective Midwesterner who travels to New York to partake in the bond business. He comes from a prominent family that descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch. A graduate of Yale University, Nick Carraway is certainly a member of the upper class.