Relationship Between Myrtle And Tom

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Marriage and relationships in ‘The Great Gatsby’, can be said to be portrayed in many different ways throughout the novel while developing the characters and the plot. It can also be said that the nature of the relationships are used by Fitzgerald to present a judgment on the state of the society they were happening in, New York in the 1920’s. It could also be a more general view on the morals and values of America and the way in which the society has evolved and been corrupted.

The relationship between Myrtle and Tom is based on materialism and sexuality. The way that Myrtle is first introduced into the novel is through the way she looks. “the thickish figure of a woman blocked out the light from the office door. She was in the middle
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Although Daisy and Tom have the most traditional it can still be said to have been criticised by Fitzgerald for being based on materialism and dishonesty. On many levels their marriage also lacks the expected amount of affection and love. Tom is shown to dominate the relationship. " '... You did it, Tom, ' ... ' I know you didn 't mean to, but you did do it. That 's what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen of a- ' 'I hate that word hulking, ' objected Tom crossly, ' even in kidding. '" This scene can be said to symbolise their relationship, Tom hurting Daisy with his affairs. Though when the tables are turned Tome reacts with immense jealousy. "Self-control!" repeated Tom incredulously. "I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that 's the idea you can count me out. This shows that Tom both cares about Daisy, enough so to be jealous over her being with Gatsby, however it can also be said to show how he sees Daisy as a possession that in return for keeping her financially stable wants to be able to control her in a way that he’s not allowing himself to be controlled by her. This can be said to indicate the power and dominances that money gave at the time, in both relationships and in society at the time. Fitzgerald at
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