Compare And Contrast Daisy And Myrtle In The Great Gatsby

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Gloire Mboungou Mrs. Phillips English III May 6, 2015 Comparison and Contrast of Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle In the Great Gatsby there were three personas of women presented. The golden girl, the independent, and the gold digger. Each of these traits was represented in a different character. Daisy Buchanan was the golden girl, Jordan Baker was the independent woman, and Myrtle Wilson was the gold digger. Daisy Buchanan was extremely charming and many men fell for her because of her voice “Daisy’s murmur was only to make people lean toward her” (Fitzgerald, 9). She was an ideal girl that all men wished to find in their lives. She had habits that were endearing without her even trying. People tend to just find themselves leaning toward…show more content…
She never wanted to be poor, and enjoyed buying frivolous objects. “The only crazy I was was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never even told me about it, and the man came after it one day when he was out” (Fitzgerald, 35). It upset her greatly that George Wilson (Myrtle husband) was not able to purchase his own suit. That one situation destroyed their marriage forever. Myrtle was not necessarily a beautiful woman. However, she was attractive in the sense that “There was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering” (Fitzgerald, 25). This was what men saw in Myrtle that made her an object of longing. Tom fell for her in a sense which enabled her to live the double life that she had always wished for. The purposed of the three women (Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Myrtle Wilson) were to characterize three stereotypes women of the 20’s. The characterization functioned by having each of these women played a different role in the plot of the Great Gatsby. These women got in close relationships with each male character in the story. The point of these women was to show how flirtations of even the most innocent kind can destroys you and cause emotional harm. It also shows all women are flawed, even the most golden of them
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