Myrtle In The Great Gatsby

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The famous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, is a renown piece of American literature. This novel revolves around a rich, hopeful man by the name of Jay Gatsby who desires nothing more than to get back together with his old lover, Daisy. Daisy though, is already married to a wealthy man named Tom, and even though Tom is cheating on her with Myrtle, Daisy still loves him. Gatsby, having been born in a different class than Daisy, fears he may never be able to live the life he imagined with her because of his penniless past. This shows that in society, people are extremely separated from one other due to factors such as class and wealth driving them apart. This is shown through the characterization of Myrtle and Daisy, the conflicts …show more content…
Gatsby is a very wishful man who only wants to be reunited with Daisy. However, there is a barrier withholding him from getting to her. This barrier is made obvious when the narrator begins to describe Gatsby's past. “However glorious might be his future as Jay Gatsby, he was at present a penniless young man without a past, and at any moment the invisible clock of his uniform might slip from his shoulders” (Fitzgerald 149). No matter what Gatsby does, he can't change the fact that he is originally from a lesser class and that Daisy would only love him for his wealth. The barrier still remains even though Gatsby gains wealth and rises in social status because of his origins and the type of money he has. Gatsby has 'new money', where as Daisy has 'old money'. Gatsby is internally conflicted because he wants Daisy but his money and past keep them separated. This proves the idea that individuals are separated by money and social standings because Gatsby couldn't have Daisy because of their differences in wealth. This internal struggle with Gatsby shows the authors use of conflict. Another example of this is Myrtles conflict with money. The place where Myrtle lives, The Valley of Ashes, is a desolate and run-down town. Its covered with ash and is very vacant. "The only building in sight was a small block of yellow

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