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What to look for in Myrtle Wilson quotes. She is both a women and a member of the lower class, you can compare her version of the American dream to Gatsby’s to find differences between genders and compare her to Daisy to find differences between classes
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Analysis: This comes from one of the most abstract pieces of Nick narrative where he vividly imagines how a scene would play out with out being there or having any other proof. This this section he talks about the kids that will be looking for spots of blood and a man telling his tale over and over again until it becomes unreal to even him. In order to know all this the narrator would have to be omniscient and so we can argue that Fitzgerald is speaking directly through Nick.
What is he trying to say by calling her death a tragic achievement, I think it has a lot to do with ‘The American Dream.’ Myrtle’s dream was to escape her class by making a rich man fall in love with her. She does both those things in the end, for in death she is no longer part of the lower class and after her death Tom cries in the car. So she achieved both her goals, the tragedy is because the only way to achieve them was through death.
Techniques: Author surrogate, Word Choice
You can use this to show:The American Dream is unachievable, Myrtle was doomed to die in the class she was born.
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She looked at me and laughed pointlessly p35
Carried her surplus flesh sensuously p28
Dress of cream p34
The answer…came from Myrtle..and it was violent and obscene p37
‘Throw me down and beat me, you dirty little coward!’ p146
And a wreath with a black silk bow for mother’s grave p40
You were crazy about him for a while p38
Ash…veiled everything in the vicinity—except his wife p29
His white shirt-front pressed against my arm p40
Myrtle Wilson's American Dream
'Through me down and beat me you coward'
Myrtle Wilson’s tragic achievement
Rather wide hips
Is Myrtle A Beautiful Fool
Her face…contained no facet or gleam of beauty
Rather wide hips
Thickish figure of a woman
Faintly stout but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously
His wife that’s keeping them apart. She’s a Catholic.
I thought he knew about breeding
this woman rushed out at us
Myrtle Compared To Daisy
If you are answering a question on women in the book you will probably need to compare these to characters. As well as being ugly and dim in contrast to Daisy’s beauty and self awareness there is clear difference in class.
Dress of cream
she looked at me and laughed pointlessly
Implying a dozen chefs awaited her orders
The answer...came from Myrtle..and it was violent and obscene
Daisy daisy daisy I’ll say it whenever I want to
How Does Myrtle Represent Women
She clearly sees men as more powerful than her, rather than work her way up the ladder like Gatsby she feels the only way to move up in the world is to find a man to help her.
A dress suit and patent leather shoes and I couldn’t keep my eyes of
his white shirt-front pressed against my arm
Beat me you coward
How Does Myrtle Represent The Lower Class
So how does she represent the lower class, apart from being ugly, stupid and subservient (see earlier sections)
Some of the small scandal magazines of Broadway
A wreath with a black silk bow for my mother’s grave
Ash...veiled everything in the vicinity—except his wife
Her left breast was swinging loose like a flap