How does Fitzgerald present aspects of power in The Great Gatsby?

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In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald presents aspects of power in several ways. There is the power one party holds over their partner in a romantic relationship. For example, in Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy, Daisy holds power over Gatsby. This is because he is obsessed with her. She represents the unobtainable to him. In other words, she represents all that he wants: the right social class, the right background and income level, and the right girl. For Daisy, Gatsby represents a possible way out of a seemingly loveless marriage to Tom Buchanan, but he is largely a distraction for her.

Tom’s mistress, Myrtle Wilson, holds the power in her marriage to George because he loves her while she does not reciprocate his feelings:

“I married him because I thought he was a gentleman," she said finally. "I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe.”

“You were crazy about him for a while," said Catherine.

“Crazy about him!" cried Myrtle...

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