In the book, The Great Gatsby, there were many characters that put on mask in order to conceal their imperfections. These masks are not visible to others and the characters that wear these “masks” are three of the most obvious ones in the book. These characters are Daisy, Myrtle, and Jay Gatsby. These three characters are all connected in some way. Daisy and Jay use to have an undying romance when Jay was in World War I. Daisy promised to wait for him when he left for the war, but married Tom Buchanan. Tom and Daisy's main focus was money. Daisy did not marry Gatsby even though they were in love because he was poor and could not provide her with the life she wanted. She and Tom were in love at one point, but he had the money to provide her with the lifestyle she was accustomed to. Tom was not as happy as he made it seem to everyone around him. Tom’s lack of faithfulness led him to having an affair with Myrtle which was a very obvious affair to Daisy.
Myrtle’s character in the book is one of the important characters. She’s not the prettiest or skinniest out of the characters in the book, but she liked to think she was. Myrtle is married to a guy named George Wilson, who doesn’t make her as happy as she wants to be, so the mask that Myrtle wears screens the discontent of her marriage. Before Myrtle married George she believed that George had money so that’s why she was going to marry him. When she found out the truth that he didn’t have as much money as she thought he did, it was too late. Instead of expressing the emotions that she didn’t want to marry him anymore, Myrtle masks them by acting as if she’s happy. By making herself feel better, she is unfaithful and cheats on him with Tom (2426.) She does this because she wants people to think she’s wealthy and Tom is the one who buys her all
these expensive things, not her husband (28). The repercussions Myrtle faces are being locked ...
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