Myrtle Wilson – The Great Gatsby | Major English Grade XII

The Great Gatsby

Myrtle Wilson – The Great Gatsby | Major English Grade XII

Description of Myrtle Wilson

Myrtle Wilson is the wife of George Wilson, who lives in Valley of Ashes. She is in mid-thirties and faintly stout but sensuous woman. She deceives her husband and keeps extramarital love affair with Tom Buchanan. She tells her husband that she is going to meet her sister, but she spends time with Tom. Myrtle Wilson is the victim of poverty. She represents the lower class society. She does not know that Tom is playing with her. She hates her husband because during their marriage ceremony he had worn the borrowed suit. She is crazy for Tom because he buys her everything she wishes for. She has a deep desire to fit in the social position of upper-class society. She is a typical fashionable woman of artificial life and taste of American Jazz Age. So, her manner of dress contradicts with her grammar.

Her husband locks her inside the room when he finds that she is unfaithful to him. When she sees the yellow car of Gatsby, she jumps towards it thinking that it is the car of Tom. She is instantly killed. Though Daisy was driving the car, the blame goes to Gatsby. Later Gatsby is killed by George Wilson.

Important Questions:

  • Sketch the character of Wilson.
  • How does Myrtle Wilson’s manner of dress contradict with her grammar?

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