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Myrtle's Tragic Achievement - The Great Gatsby.

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Hallie Anoff October 10, 2002 Period 7-Beyer MYRTLE'S TRAGIC ACHIEVEMENT In the book The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald describes a world based around wealth and class in the roaring 20's. Voluptuous Myrtle Wilson is desperate to improve her life. She shares a loveless marriage with George Wilson, who owns a run-down garage in the valley of ashes. She begins to have an affair with Tom Buchanan in hopes of happiness. Tom, who is married to Daisy Buchanan, is a Yale graduate who comes from an immensely wealthy midwestern family. Myrtle's relationship with Tom keeps her in high-spirits because she is now linked with the "upper-class", however she has become phony and is treated poorly by Tom. ...read more.


Myrtle is used to living with George who is a lethargic and impoverished man. It is very exciting for Myrtle to be overwhelmed with riches. The affair between Myrtle Wilson and Tom Buchanan went to her head. She has become fake and acts as if she is above everyone else. During the visit to the city, Mrs. McKee told Myrtle she admired her dress; Myrtle rejected the compliment by raising her eyebrow in distain. "It's just a crazy old thing," she said. "I just slip it on sometimes when I don't care what I look like" (Fitzgerald 35). Myrtle acted as if she had an infinite amount of elaborate chiffon dresses. Similar to Daisy, although more artificial; her laughter, gestures and speech become considerably affected. ...read more.


Tom feels compelled to beat his mistress in order to keep her in her place. Because Tom is not the stud he was in college, he feels he has to have a woman that adores him. This boosts his self-confidence. Daisy doesn't give him the attention he wants. She is in love with money, ease, and material luxury. She is capable of affection but not of nonstop devotion or care. Myrtle is just happy to be associated with the residents of East Egg. This relationship ends tragically when Daisy hits a stranger with Jay Gatsby's luxurious yellow car. The victim was Myrtle Wilson. She ran out into the road after a fight with her husband and was struck by Gatsby's vehicle. Daisy's negligence was the cause of Myrtle's death. Myrtle's tragic achievement was creating a miserable situation for her husband, George, by being an unfaithful and selfish wife. I ...read more.

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Though it is not clear what the question is here, this answer gives a deep insight into the character of Myrtle Wilson, her endeavours throughout the novel, her interactions and relationships with other characters, and an explanation into what Fitzgerald ...

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Though it is not clear what the question is here, this answer gives a deep insight into the character of Myrtle Wilson, her endeavours throughout the novel, her interactions and relationships with other characters, and an explanation into what Fitzgerald means by "Myrtle Wilson's tragic achievement". The answer demonstrates a very clear understanding of the context of Myrtle Wilson's character and of the novel on a whole, and indicates excellent analytical skills with regards to analysing the novel. The candidate reads well into Fitzgerald's descriptions, none of which are lightly made and so to see this attention to his richly elaborate detail is an indication of as very capable candidate indeed.

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The Level of Analysis shown here is excellent. The essay shows abilities of a candidate operating at a solid A grade for A Level. There are perceptive comments made about the character and her role as the wealth-corrupted phony from The Valley of Ashes. I would like to see however maybe more recognition of the contemptuous relationship she now shares with George, but nonetheless this answer feels precise and accurate in the analysis is does concern.

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