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Sex In The Great Gatsby Essay

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Fitzgerald emphasises that the pursuit of sex in ‘The Great Gatsby’ results in an abusive and violent conclusion most strikingly through the presentation of Tom and Myrtles physical relationship. When Myrtle, in her drunken state taunts Tom Buchanan shouting ‘Daisy, Daisy, Daisy’ he reacts with his fists. ‘Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand’. This brings the party to an abrupt halt and the action quickly comes to an end. The Monosyllabic words ‘Short’ and ‘deft’ that Fitzgerald uses in particular create a shock factor with the reader not expecting such an outburst in the midst of a celebratory atmosphere. In this scene we see that Tom is showing his desire to keep the two fragments of his life completely…show more content…
The relationship that Tom and Myrtle’s yield allows Fitzgerald to critique the life’s of the wealthy, old-money class in 1920s New York. By showing Tom’s affair with a working-class woman, Nick reveals Tom’s ugliest behavior as well as the brutality of class divisions during the roaring twenties. Critics Ian and Michelle McMechan in their article ‘Gatsby’s women’ identify how the tones in which Fitzgerald draws Myrtle are mainly grey and brown and she hails from a ‘valley of ashes’. Myrtle’s appeal, in contrast to Daisy’s, is raw and earthy: ‘She had changed her dress to a brown figured muslin, which stretched tight over her rather wide hips’ as Nick notes on first meeting her. Her ‘intense vitality’ expands in Tom’s presence until ‘she seemsto be revolving on a noisy creaking pivot through the smoky air.’ Myrtle appears as some form of marionette in fact a grotesque fairground attraction doll. This ‘doll’ who is used by Tom with a purpose of comfort, but such desires lead Tom to cheat on the mother of his child and react with brutality to the women who he carries out the
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