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evaluate myrtle's talk of her unhappy marriage; what does she seem to be trying to justify in the great gatsby chapter 2?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM (Answer #1)

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Myrtle is trying to justify the fact that she married George Wilson in the first place.

Clothes are used as one of many symbols of the differences between the classes in The Great Gatsby. When Myrtle leaves her over-the-garage home with George, she is wearing "a brown flowered muslin, which stretched tight over her rather wide hips" - hardly an attractive appearance. Upon arriving at the apartment she shares with Tom, Myrtle changes into "an elaborate afternoon dress of cream-colored chiffon, which gave out a continual rustle as she swept about the room."

Myrtle wants the luxuries and refinements that Tom's money can buy. She married George because she met him first and was impressed with his "breeding." It appeared that he had an elegant suit to wear for their wedding. Myrtle was devastated to learn that it was borrowed from a friend - the first indication that she was making a mistake in marrying George.

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