"The Great Gatsby" Tom Buchanan & Myrtle Wilson

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In the Great Gatsby, social standings are always on the minds of the East and West Eggers. Either thinking about their wealth, appearances, or where they really stand in the social ladder, they are constantly thinking about themselves; and while some despise each other for what they are, others only dream about being them-people like Myrtle Wilson. Through Fitzgerald’s choice of diction and detail, he conveys Myrtle as a low class dreamer, only desiring the acceptance from the upscale socialite friends of her boyfriend Tom; and Tom as a self-absorbed, wealthy, and power craving aristocrat.Tom Buchanan, the wealthy and self absorbed socialite, is a man whose main goal in life is to obtain complete and ultimate superiority. He does this by surrounding himself with his wealth and material possessions, and by controlling every aspect of his life as well as the lives of others. This is ultimately displayed in his affairs with Myrtle Wilson. Even though he buys her a flask of perfume, a moving picture magazine, and a dog, he only does this to keep her around as one of his possessions-if she stays around, she will fulfill his commands, which in turn, fuels his need for dominance. This superiority is also shown when Nick attempts to leave Tom and Myrtle in New York. Instead of Tom asking him why he is leaving, he “interposed” that Nick was not going anywhere. He practically commanded Nick to stay, and since did decide to stay, he (like Myrtle) assured Tom of the power and control he has over the people in his life.Myrtle Wilson, a flapper and woman of the lower class, has one major and absolute desire; to join the social stature of the higher class. Other...

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