Why Is Myrtle Important In The Great Gatsby

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Dakota Gonsalez Mr. Laughlin English 2 Honors April 15, 2013 Helpful Hands or Ticking Time Bombs? Women, though have given the gift of life since the beginning of time, have been nothing but a pain the whole time. Take Mata Hari for instance, she was a double agent for both France and Germany causing many problems for both sides, and setting a lower standard for girls around the world. In The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, women more than prove that they are more troublesome than helpful, from ruining people's futures to causing unnecessary deaths. Girls in Great Gatsby have a slight tendency to ruin people's lives, whether it is intentional or not, it still isn't right. To begin, Jay Gatsby would have lived a wonderful, crime-free…show more content…
For instance, the death of George Wilson's wife, Myrtle, was all Daisy's fault. Myrtle would run into the street trying to get away from George who was ironically trying to protect her and would carelessly run into the street and be hit by Daisy, driving Gatsby's car. George stated ,”My wife and I want to move West” (Page 123) but Myrtle didn't want that and would set forward a chain of unfortunate reactions, that center around women causing more and more problems. To carry on, Gatsby volunteered to take the fall for Daisy so she would remain out of harm’s way of being accused of murder. Only, Gatsby didn't know that he wasn't going to get a small slap on the wrist, his actions to protect the girl in the situation would end in his death by Myrtle's husband's hands. Gatsby understood though, for he said, “I’ll say I was [driving] “(Page 144) and knew the consequences of his decisions. So once again another death caused by Daisy again, a girl, further shows the more harm females do here rather than help. So, the reader of this book could clearly see, if a woman causes nothing but harm in the story what's the point of them being in the story at
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