Compare and contrast the characters of Daisy and Myrtle in The Great Gatsby. What is Fitzgerald revealing through these similarities and differences?

Compare and contrast the characters of Daisy and Myrtle in The Great Gatsby. What is Fitzgerald revealing through these similarities and differences?

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On the surface, Daisy and Myrtle seem very different. Daisy is an ethereal, charming, and delicate woman from a sheltered, well-to-do family. She has the security of being married to Tom Buchanan and his vast wealth. Myrtle comes from the lower classes and is vulgar as well as a full-figured woman. She is married to a gas station owner in the Valley of the Ashes and has little luxury or financial security. In the end, her lack of money means she can be run over and killed with impunity, while Daisy's money saves her from any consequences of the act of running down a woman without stopping.

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Daisy is just what her name implies. She is seen as docile, complying, and delicate. Just like a flower we witness Daisy's feelings sway in the wind every which way and because of this it highlights her naivety. Daisy has never had to work her parents were rich and she married into rich thus Daisy has never had to lead a hardened life style. Where as Myrtle is more of an opportunity seeker and her exterior is harden by her life style.

However both women are manipulated and victims of abuse by the hands of Tom.

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