Literature of the Americas
Comparing and Contrasting Daisy and Myrtle in the Great Gatsby
Daisy and Myrtle are similar however; in many ways they are opposites. Firstly, Daisy’s reaction towards Myrtle— “She looked at Myrtle and laughed pointlessly,” Daisy’s laugh is absurd. This shows what Daisy’s bad impression on Myrtle. The major difference about them two is their status. Daisy is richer and lives in a better part of town than Myrtle. Daisy lives in East Egg, the richest town. Myrtle lives in the Valley of Ashes, a place where things go to die, the opposite of East Egg. They have these statuses mostly because of their husbands. Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan, a rich aggressive man that doesn’t work because he has a lot of old money. In contrast, Myrtle is married to George Wilson, the lifeless, exhausted owner of a rundown auto shop at the edge of the Valley of Ashes. However, later on in the story Tom and Myrtle became lovers. This is mostly because with Myrtle Tom feels more powerful and superior. But with Daisy Tom didn’t feel this. Overall, this shows that Myrtle is powerless and has lower status then Daisy. For example, one of Tom’s gift for Daisy was a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars. However, Tom gives Myrtle a puppy for $10. A quote that shows that Daisy has a high status is, “Daisy’s murmur was only to make people lean towards her, an irrelevant criticism that made it no less charming.” This shows that people care about what she says and that she is important to people. “The answer...came from Myrtle..and it was violent and obscene” Daisy is innocent and pure, Myrtle is obscene and insensitive. The next aspect is that Daisy is civilized and classy. Daisy always wears white and she doesn't drink. For example, when Nick finally met her at Tom’s mansion she is wearing a white dress with white heels, like Fitzgerald said “She dressed in white, and had a little white...