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Myrtle is killed by a car in The Great Gatsby. Whose car actually hits her and who did...

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Posted March 7, 2013 at 7:51 AM via iOS

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Myrtle is killed by a car in The Great Gatsby. Whose car actually hits her and who did she think it was in the car?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 7, 2013 at 7:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Myrtle runs out to hail a car she believes belongs to Tom. Myrtle had seen Tom driving this car earlier when he and Gatsby swap vehicles for the drive to New York.

She rushes to the car because her husband is planning to take her away. He suspects that she has been having an affair. 

The car she tries to hail and stop is actually Gatsby's car, but Gatsby is not driving. Daisy is driving. Upset after the explosive and emotional confrontation in New York, Daisy is driving in an agitated state. 

Gatsby is willing to take the blame and claim that he was driving, but the fact is it was Daisy who hit Myrtle and Myrtle believed she was running out to Tom's car.

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