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Myrtle Wilson

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Transcript of Myrtle Wilson

Myrtle Wilson
Myrtle's Affair With Tom Buchanan
Conclusion
In conclusion, we believe that Myrtle was a character that longed for a different life. It is because of this, she dies tragically.
Fact File
Name: Myrtle Wilson
Myrtle's Relationship With George
From the beginning of the novel, we understand that
Myrtle is unhappy
in her marriage to George Wilson. It is clear that she
regrets ever marrying him
, as she feels that
George is of a lower class
than her. Thus she begins an
affair
with
Tom Buchanan
, who is married to Daisy Fay.

Social Status
Myrtle Wilson
Introduction
Myrtle As A Character
Myrtle Wilson is
greedy, selfish and shallow
.
She is also loud, presumptuous, voluptuous, pseudo-intellectual and
obsessed with the materialistic dream of money and power
.
We believe that Myrtle's character is a
vulgar attempt to emulate the lifestyle of the rich
.
Myrtles Relationship with George
Myrtle also longs to be a
trophy wife
, she thinks this is the
best life
a woman can have.
'Throw me down and beat me you coward'.

This shows her desperate
desire for a strong man
to take care of her. And when she finds out how weak Wilson is she is so desperate to be
subservient to a man
, she begs to be beaten.

Myrtles Relationship with George
To the reader, it is clear that Myrtle is the
dominant personality

in the relationship.

'She walk{ed} through her husband as if he were a ghost.'
She is, by extension of her connection with Tom
exerting the dominance of the wealthy
over the character of George.

Myrtle begins her affair with Tom as she believes he can
satisfy her superficial needs
. She loves him because of his
status symbol and the wealth
he possesses. Myrtle becomes a fool and a breakable toy at the hands of Tom, who
physically abuses
her knowing that she will not react because of the hope of riches he has offered her.
'Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand'
In the end, Myrtle and Tom's affair leads to her
death
.
Social Status
Even through her attempt at emulating the upper class through the
cluttered and gaudy furnishings
of her Washington Heights apartment;
Comparison Between Myrtle And Daisy Buchanan
Our presentation is based on the character of
Myrtle Wilson
. We will discuss topics such as:
Myrtle as a
character

Myrtle's
relationship with George

Myrtle's
affair with Tom Buchanan
Social status

Comparison
between
Myrtle and Daisy
.
'The only crazy I was was when I married him...I thought he knew something about breeding but he wasn't fit to lick my shoe.'
'The living room was crowded to the doors with a set of tapestried furniture entirely too large for it, so that to move about was to stumble continually over scenes of ladies swinging in the gardens of Versailles.'

Myrtle fails to enjoy the social experience of the wealthy as she is
ingrained with the crass social patterns of the poor
. Thus it can be seen by the contrasts of the Wilsons and the Buchanans that the
social experience
in the Great Gatsby is
dictated
by
class and wealth
.
Daisy Buchanan has a more
'indoor'

complexion
where as Myrtle Wilson has a more
'outdoor' complexion
. Daisy dresses in mostly
white
, which shows her
purity and cleanliness
, Myrtle wears more
vibrant colours
that reflect her
loud personality
. Myrtle's bright colours exacerbate the contrast between the "all white" world of the upper class and world she is so
desperately trying to crawl out of
. Daisy is ethereal and graceful, while Myrtle is robust and brassy.
It is clear from the characters of Myrtle and George Wilson that the social experience is shaped largely by
wealth and corresponding social status
. The Buchanans, have travelled all around the world. The Wilsons on the other hand have
nothing
. They are
trapped in the Valley of Ashes by their poverty
, and, as a result, have none of the class and so
enjoy none of the opulence
enjoyed by the Buchanans.
Although the physical differences are relevant, it's the differences in upbringing, class and personality that make these classic foils interesting. Daisy has been
raised in privilege
, while Myrtle has had to
claw and scratch for everything she has
. Daisy considers her wealth her "due", while Myrtle's increase in status, which she got from Tom, is fairly recent.
Myrtle's Death
In having Myrtle run down by Gatsby's roadster, Fitzgerald is sending a clear message. Gatsby's car, the "death car," assumes a

symbolic significance as a clear and obvious manifestation of American materialism
. Yes, it is tragic that Myrtle dies so brutally, but her death takes on greater meaning when one realises that

it is materialism that brought about her end
. Myrtle aspires to wealth and privilege. She wants all the material comforts money can provide — and isn't at all above lording her wealth over others. Her desires led her to have an affair with Tom. Myrtle's death is sadly poetic;
a woman who spent her life acquiring material possessions by whatever means possible has been, in effect, killed by her own desires.
Dwelling too much on material things, Fitzgerald says, can not bring a positive resolution.

Materialism can only bring misery
, as seen through Myrtle.
The breast is a symbol of
femininity
, so it being
ripped off
as she dies could mean that her femininity somehow lead to her death, or that her
femininity had been taken from her
by her lower class birth. This is also a much more vulgar image than is typical of Fitzgerald suggesting the
harshness of lower class life.

The End
Thank you for listening.
Emily Byrne
Lana Gore
Ciara Jenkins Aine O'Reilly
Location: Valley of Ashes
Spouse: George Wilson
Occupation: Housewife
Social Status: Lower class
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