How are the themes of restlessness and impermanence portrayed and communicated across in the novel The Great Gatsby?

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All of the main characters in The Great Gatsby demonstrate this theme to varying degrees. Here are a few examples:

Myrtle: Myrtle seems to have a husband who tries to provide the life she deserves. Yet his efforts aren't enough for her; she's restless, longing for a life with more money and more glitz. She finds Tom, who fulfills these desires (to a degree), and Myrtle creates another life for herself apart from her husband. Eventually, this lifestyle catches up with her, and Myrtle's husband tries to literally confine her in order to stifle her feelings of restlessness.

Daisy: Daisy loves Gatsby , but Tom is the one who can provide the social comforts she desires. This conflict of her heart and her sense of pride in established wealth drives Daisy's sense of restlessness for much of the novel. On one hand, she is forced at home to accept her husband's tendencies to take phone calls from his mistress in order to keep her marriage intact. On the other, she tries to recreate a girlhood fantasy of...

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