The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, photography is used as a mechanism of superficial representation in the early 20th century. Throughout the novel, photographs and their illustration personify the characters in a light that may be deceitful of their true depth. In the novel, characters such as Myrtle, Jordan, and Gatsby use photographs as a blanket to cover the true extent of their individuality, but also as a token of their past, present, and future endeavors. Each character is inevitably distinct in their relationship to the superficial representation that photographs produce. Myrtle’s infatuation with celebrities and their lifestyle leaves her gaping at the thought of living a luxurious lifestyle herself. Jordan is…show more content…
Myrtle is consistently said to be looking at magazines full of photos of celebrities and commenting on all of the thing they have that she does not. When arriving in New York, “she let four taxicabs drive away before she selected a new one, lavender-colored with gray upholstery” because she could not stand to ride in anything other than the best looking taxi cab. Myrtle believes she deserves more than what she has which ultimately leads her to be constantly unhappy and in search of something more to fill the spaces that are currently craving luxuries that only money can buy. Myrtle requests that Tom buy her a dog to keep her company and prevent her from feeling lonely. Based on her constant seeking something beyond her reach in terms of money, material items, and being in love with her husband, Myrtle appears to be very unhappy. Being unhappy in her marriage leads her to Tom and her obsession with photos of celebrities and the clothing/lifestyle they live lead her to crave materialistic items both of which open a door to a different side of Myrtle. She is insecure in her lifestyle which is also shown when she picks a fight with Tom about Daisy while in New York, she is jealous of his marriage to Daisy, although she is also married. Myrtle is also seeking a better future than what she is currently living; she wants to lifestyle that is portrayed in the photos she sees in magazines. Myrtle’s sister, Catherine, is an advocate for Myrtle to
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