In The Great Gatsby, compare the characters of Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson.
You'll notice that the characters of Gatsby and Myrtle share a number of similarities. First of all, neither of them were born into wealthy families. Gatsby is the son of a farmer, while Myrtle lives in the Valley of the Ashes, a place synonymous with poverty. The real difference between them, however, is that Gatsby decided to turn his life around and create vast wealth from bootlegging, while Myrtle uses her relationship with Tom Buchanan to improve her lot.
Secondly, both Gatsby and Myrtle have their own version of the American Dream. For Gatsby, his dream is to be reunited with Daisy, while Myrtle dreams of a better life and an escape from the Valley of Ashes. Neither Gatbsy nor Myrtle enjoy success long-term. Gatsby has a brief reunion with Daisy, while Myrtle enjoys a brief fling with Tom.
Finally, both characters are killed at the hands of another. Myrtle is hit by Gatsby's car and, in response, Gatsby is gunned down by George Wilson . Their deaths not only cut short their life but also...
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