Two-Sided Coin in F. Scott Fitzgerald´s The Great Gatsby

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Two sides of the same coin—everyone has heard of this phrase at least once. This idiom means some things are closely related even though they seem completely different. One of the best examples of this phrase is the pair Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Many times women are portrayed as a flower, and this is true for Daisy and Myrtle. No matter how different they seem, they are the same. These women are controlled by the power of money, horded by the same man, and both are undeniably dissatisfied. The lives and death of these women show how life on different sides of the “track” can be awful either way. The different ways of living appear to be completely different, but deep down they are both completely rotten. Daisy Buchanan is a young woman of a rich background, while Myrtle Wilson is from a family with a modest lifestyle. Daisy’s life is full of money, and Myrtle’s life is surrounded by the lack of money. Daisy’s life is so crowded with money that it leaves room for nothing else; it leaves her with no purpose. While talking with some companions, Daisy asks, “’what’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon...and the day after that, and the day the next thirty years?” pg. 118. Daisy cannot see the wonderful child she and her husband have had together, and she cannot comprehend how much she hurts others by her blindness. Daisy cannot even see what she should do to keep occupied. Then, in Myrtle’s world, there is a gapping
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