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Was anybody guilty of Myrtle's death in "The Great Gatsby?"

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mariya87 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 11, 2009 at 2:26 AM via web

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Was anybody guilty of Myrtle's death in "The Great Gatsby?"

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 11, 2009 at 2:37 AM (Answer #1)

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In the "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Myrtle Wilson was run-over and killed.  She was hit by a car driven by Daisy Buchanan.

"Tom and Daisy Buchanan—were unfair, corrupt, and materialistic."

Daisy and Gatsby were driving back from the city.  She is not paying attention and Myrtle sees the big car.  She assumes that it is Tom Buchanan, her lover.  She runs out into the road and Daisy runs over her.  The crime occurs because Daisy has no regard for any life but those in  her own social structure.  She doesn't even stop to see what happened or how badly hurt the person was.  Daisy is guilty.

We don't know at first who killed Myrtle, but later, in the garden outside the Buchanan's home, Jay Gatsby relates to Nick what transpired. We find out that Daisy asked to drive and Gatsby let her.  We also know that there were never any charges brought against Daisy and Gatsby died due to Wilson's grief.  Wilson believed that Gatsby was the driver and owner of the car so he killed Gatsby and then himself.  Daisy and Tom went on with their shallow lives, but that doesn't release Daisy of Guilt.

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