In The Great Gatsby, how are Gatsby and Myrtle parallels? Consider the values, aspirations, and career of each in the story.

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The first and most glaring parallel is that they are both obsessed with high society and the allure of the life that comes with it. Both of these characters wish to be among and surrounded by the elite, even if neither feels like they ever truly fit into that world. They are both trying to ensnare a particular member of that society. In the case of Gatsby, he seems to idealize Daisy, making her out to be everything that would complete him. In the case of Myrtle, she enjoys the comforts and material gains that are gifted to her by Tom.

Daisy and Tom are the footholds that Gatsby and Myrtle use, respectively, to cling to the world of high society. This is ironic...

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