What is an example of antithesis in The Great Gatsby?

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Fitzgerald uses both antithetical characters and settings in The Great Gatsby. One clear example is the contrast between Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. While Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan and lives a life of careless wealth, Myrtle lives above a gas station and hopes that being Tom's mistress will improve her lot in life. Fitzgerald also contrasts the grey suburban "wasteland" between West Egg and New York with the colorful opulence of Gatsby's mansion.

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