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In The Great Gatsby, what is the relationship between Tom, Daisy, Gatsby, and Myrtle?

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In The Great Gatsby, what is the relationship between Tom, Daisy, Gatsby, and Myrtle?

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM (Answer #1)

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Tom and Daisy are married, and have been for over five years. Myrtle, the wife of a local working-class man, is also Tom's mistress; Tom has a history of cheating on Daisy, who accepts his philandering as part of their societal status. Gatsby, back in his past, was in love with Daisy, but since he was poor, he was unable to successfully court her. Her marriage to Tom was one of convenience, and he continued to cheat on her. Gatsby, after discovering that he had a knack for making money (legally or illegally; it is never made fully clear) returns to New York to try and win Daisy back, posing as a wealthy heir to get in with her peers. At the end of the book, Daisy and Gatsby accidentally kill Myrtle in a traffic accident, and Daisy leaves with Tom to try and reconcile their marriage. Gatsby is shot by Myrtle's husband, who thinks that he ran her over on purpose.

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