Tom and Myrtle's Relationship in 'The Great Gatsby' by Julius Kochan on Prezi
Gatsby and Daisy, Tom and Myrtle, and George and Gatsby's Relationships in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Words | 3 Pages. Gatsby. Tom is part of a class conscious socialite society, and men of the elite classes have a long history of exploiting women of the lower classes. He has had. Tom taunts Wilson and then orders Myrtle to follow him to the train. Tom takes Nick and Myrtle to New York City, to the Morningside Heights apartment he keeps .
Upon mentioning Daisy's name, Myrtle becomes enraged, shouting "Daisy" at the top of her lungs. Tom, incensed by this outburst, lashes out with his open hand and breaks Myrtle's nose in one "short deft movement. The chapter ends with Nick seeing Mr.
McKee home and then heading home himself. Analysis Whereas Chapter 1 ended with the mysterious Gatsby reaching out to his dream in the night, Chapter 2 opens with a striking contrast. Nick tells us about a stretch of land lying "about half way between West Egg and New York" which is so desolate that it is merely a "valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into the ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses.
The ashen quality of the community is reflected in every element — including the dilapidated billboard of Doctor T. Eckleburg, perhaps the second most memorable image in The Great Gatsby following closely behind the green light at the end of the dock.
In many regards, the mysterious eyes hovering above the valley of ashes serve as spiritual force.
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They are, as George Wilson says, the eyes of God. The faceless eyes hover over all that goes on in the book — a book decidedly void of traditional spirituality. The eyes, in this sense, represent the lack of Godliness in the lives of the characters, and by extension, the society on which Fitzgerald comments. The s, for a certain sect of society, were characterized by an increasing freedom and recklessness — Gatsby's parties are perfect testament to the growing debauchery of the upper class.
Through Doctor Eckleburg's sign, Fitzgerald indicates that although people are turning away from traditional established morality and rules of socially acceptable behavior, neglecting to tend to their spiritual side, the eyes of God continue to watch all that passes. Even though God's image may become increasingly removed from daily life just as the face surrounding Eckleburg's enormous eyes has faded and disappearedHis eyes continue to witness all that passes.
Through the eyes the reader has an implicit call to action, reconnecting with a lost spiritual connection. After Nick and Tom get off the train notice how Tom orders Nick around and announces what it is they are going to do; these are clear indicators of Tom's nature and continue to mark him as the story continuesthey proceed to George Wilson's repair garage.
Much can be learned about Wilson, as well as everyone trapped in the valley of ashes, through the brief exchange. There is little about Wilson to indicate he will ever be anywhere but the desolate wasteland of the valley. His business totters on the brink of failure, and he seems ignorant of what goes on around him.
It is unlikely that he is, in Tom's elitist words, "so dumb he doesn't know he's alive," but he does seem trapped by an unnamable force. Myrtle Wilson appears in striking contrast to her husband. Although she does not possess the ethereal qualities of Daisy, in fact, she appears very much of the earth, she does possess a decided sensuality, as well a degree of ambition and drive that is conspicuously absent in her husband.
After a few attempts at social niceties showing that Myrtle, despite being trapped in a dead-end lifestyle, aspires in some sense to refinement and proprietyNick and Tom leave, with the understanding that Myrtle will soon join them to travel into the city to the apartment that Tom keeps for just such purposes.
It is worth noting, however, that Myrtle rides in a different train car from Tom and Nick, in accordance with Tom's desire to pander, in this small way, to the "sensibilities of those East Eggers who might be on the train. He is bold about his affair, not worrying that Daisy knows, but he sees the need to put up a pretense on the train, as if that one small gesture of discretion makes up for all the other ways in which he flaunts his affairs.
As soon as the group arrives in New York, Myrtle shows herself to be not nearly as nondescript as is her husband.
She is, however, far from refined, despite how she may try. At the apartment in New York, after "throwing a regal homecoming glance around the neighborhood," Myrtle undergoes a transformation.
By changing her clothes she leaves behind her lower-class trappings, and in donning new clothes she adopts a new personality. She invites her sister and some friends to join the afternoon's party, but her motivation for doing so goes beyond simply wanting to enjoy their company. Her intent is largely to show off what she has gained for herself through her arrangement.
It is irrelevant to Myrtle that what she has gained comes through questionable means; clearly, for her and Tom, toothe morality of infidelity is not an issue. Her affair with Tom allows her to gain something she wants — money and power — and therefore it can be justified. As Nick describes, when Myrtle changes her clothes, she exchanges her earlier "intense vitality" clearly a positive and refreshing attribute for "impressive hauteur" a decidedly unappealing quality invoking Nick's respect and disgust simultaneously.
While entertaining, Myrtle comes across as perceiving herself to be superior, although that isn't hard to do, given the people with whom she surrounds herself.
The McKees, for instance, are trying desperately to be accepted by the upper class, but are really shallow, dull people. McKee, despite his attempts to be seen as an artist, is conventional even boring in his photography.
People tend to like similar aspects on the opposite sex. By this I mean that Daisy and Myrtle are very different but have small similarities. They both favor wealth, they are gentle in different ways, and are very womanly. Tom needed refreshment in his love life and by meeting Myrtle I think it made him realize more and more how important Daisy was to him.
Tom would also never be violent with Daisy because he does not only love her, but also cherishes her. I agree a little with both Danica and Danny but I think maybe Tom wanted something else.
The life that he has when he is with Daisy is very different from the life he has when he is with Myrtle. With Daisy he lives out in the East Egg in a large house with a baby. When they invited Nick over, the evening was very quiet and more sophisticated.
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They talked and then went to the terrace to eat and enjoy the sunset. When Tom is with Myrtle things are obviously different. They live in an apartment in busy New York where they invite people over all the time and there is a lot more commotion. Nick said that he had been drunk only twice in his life and the second time it had been the evening when he first met Myrtle. In my opinion Myrtle seems to be more, energetic and unstable, more open to new ideas.
Tom might like that because Nick mentions earlier in the book that Tom and Daisy had moved various times because Tom was trying to find again the glory he had when he played football in college.
Maybe the reason he is with Myrtle is because he thinks she would be a better supporter to those needs. Daisy instead, wants to stay where they are living and not move. When Myrtle mentioned Daisy's name, Tom broke her nose making it bleed. I think Tom respects Daisy as she is his wife and is in the same social level. Only later on in the story does one notice that Tom loves Daisy telling her that he will treat her better. When Myrtle mentioned Daisy's name, Tom broke her nose.
He didn't show interest or concern to Myrtle although she was bleeding. This means that Tom and his affair is just another way for him to show his superiority.
Relationships in the Great Gatsby by LQ Patterson on Prezi
Like Danica had mentioned, Tom sees Myrtle as an object. However, Tom will never treat Daisy the way he did with Myrtle.
He sees Daisy as the same "race" he is, and respects her. I disagree with what Kristeena said. I don't think Tom is with her for excitement or an adventure, but to play around with her. He is giving her false hope of being rich and having a future with him. He is basically mocking and fooling around with her, and proving his superiority toward Myrtle and George Wilson, who are poor. I disagree with everyone. I think that Tom only wanted to have a good time and he decided to have an affair with Myrtle.