The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

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Purity The Great Gatsby, a novel written in the 1920’s by F. Scott Fitzgerald, generates symbolism of characters through the use of simple diction to create a wild romance built on the past, deceit, mischief, and fraud of personality. Moreover, the setting and its different locations, signifies two distinct ways of life: East, old money, and West, new money. Although the locations are judged by material wealth, the people and their behavior are quite alike. Myrtle Wilson, Daisy Buchanan, purity, and the color white are all symbolic of one another that the author crafts into the plot. Consequently, Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson are two completely different characters in many ways. Firstly, Daisy and Myrtle are different in the physical aspect, for example Myrtle is a, “thickish sort of a woman… with an immediate perceptible vitality about her. She smiled slowly… then she wet her lips.” Using a biblical allusion, the author fashions Myrtle into the adulteress woman in proverbs “there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtle of heart. She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house… so she caught him and kissed him.” (Pr. 7 vs. 10-13) Likewise Myrtle is a woman who is considered sensual, and she uses her smoldering body to attract Tom for her own gratification and satisfaction. However, Daisy in her physical appearance is “Dressed in white, her face sad and lovely, bright eyes and her voice a singing compulsion, a whispered listen.” The author
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