Myrtle's Use Of Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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“About half way between West Egg and New York the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for a quarter of a mile, so as to shrink away from a certain desolate area of land.” (p. 23) | The Word “hastily” carries a negative connotation. “A certain desolate area of land” also has a negative connotation, making it seem as if the train would be hesitant to travel through this area. | The color gray, ashes and smoke. (p. 23) | These words also possess a negative connotation, implying that the area of land is morbid and eerie. | “enormous yellow spectacles” (p. 23) | Could the color yellow symbolize something? Possibly clarity or hope? Also, why are they so enormous, perhaps of great importance? | “a nonexistent nose” (p.…show more content…
(p. 25) | Very opposite from Daisy, who is “innocent” and dull. | Myrtle orders Wilson to get chairs so “somebody” can sit down. (p. 26) | Her use of the word “somebody” suggests that she doesn’t really want chairs. She is very controlling, which is odd because in this era women had a significantly lesser amount of power than men. | “He’s so dumb he doesn’t know he’s alive.” –Tom describing Wilson (p. 26) | Ironic because Daisy is found to be unfaithful to Tom as well, later in the novel. Maybe Tom is just as “dumb”. I don’t like him, he is ignorant and cocky. | Myrtle selects a new taxi after rejecting older ones. (p. 27) | She is not really wealthy; maybe she is trying to show off for Tom? Maybe Nick? She is materialistic (serious theme).. | The furniture was too large for the apartment, but luxurious. (p. 29) | Another hint at materialism being a theme? | Nick has only been drunk twice in his life, that afternoon being the second time. (p. 29) | Because of the recent abolitionism movement in America during this era, alcohol was consumed profusely. For a semi-wealthy man like Nick to only have been drunk one other time in his life, this is pretty significant.

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