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Chanel
Feb 18, 2013 6:50 PM

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Chapter 2;

A 3-5 sentence summary of the characters that are introduced, major events and plot twists.

What quote best represents Myrtle Wilson?
In a paragraph, describe her best and worst qualities and her role in the novel.

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jill d #170087
Feb 18, 2013 7:02 PM

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gradesaver has a great summary on this chapter; you can link it directly below;

http://www.gradesaver.com/the-great-gatsby/study-guide/section2/

"Then I heard footsteps on a stairs, and in a moment the thickish figure of a woman blocked out the light from the office door. She was in the middle thirties, and faintly stout, but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can. Her face, above a spotted dress of dark blue crepe-de-chine, contained no facet or gleam of beauty, but there was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering. She smiled slowly and, walking through her husband as if he were a ghost, shook hands with Tom, looking him flush in the eye."

Myrtle would be considered common and crass by the other women who figure prominantly in the novel, but in essence, she's simply an unhappily married woman looking for something different. I think she honestly believes that Tom will leave Daisy for her and marry her. Tom enjoys her company, it seems he can be himself around her.... let down his guard, but we all know he'd never marry her.

Source(s): The Great Gatsby/ Chapter 2

 

jill d #170087
Feb 18, 2013 7:08 PM

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Myrtle Wilson

An earthy, vital, and voluptuous woman, Myrtle is desperate to improve her life. She shares a loveless marriage with George Wilson, a man who runs a shabby garage. She has been having a long-term affair with Tom Buchanan, and is very jealous of his wife, Daisy. After a fight with her husband, she runs out into the street and is hit and killed by Gatsby's car.

Source(s): http://www.gradesaver.com/the-great-gatsby/study-guide/character-list/

 

micheal t #320353
May 05, 2013 5:01 PM

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How does nick meet tom's mistress?
 

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