Relationships come in all different styles
Relationships come in all different styles. Some might be beautiful and extravagant while others can be an emotional foiling position. The novel shows these, but also the wrong types of relationships such as people having affairs. People form relationships so they are not alone or want excitement in their lives. The author, F. Scott Fitzgerald does an amazing job of presenting those characters relationships in the book. He also does a great job metaphorically describing Tom and Myrtle.
In the novel of The Great Gatsby, Tom and Myrtle are in a relationship even though Tom is married to Daisy. Myrtle is an extrovert which makes her a very outgoing person. Daisy, on the other hand isn’t as exciting as Myrtle which is why Tom is having an affair with Myrtle. The relationship between Tom and Myrtle is very abnormal. It seems like Myrtle only sees wealth as an attraction. This is prominent when describing her Husband. “He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never even told me about it, and the man came after it one day when he was out”(Fitzgerald 35). Myrtle here seems to be emotionally and physically attached to wealth. This nature of hers is evidently true. When she meets Tom for the first time she describes him by saying “he had on a dress suit and patent leather shoes, I couldn’t keep my eyes off him”(Fitzgerald 36). Yet, when she describes her husband George, who is a car mechanic, she says ” he borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in”(Fitzgerald 35). Myrtle here is stating that her husband George isn’t rich or wealthy enough to buy his own suit for his wedding.
An ideal I-It moment is when looking at how Myrtle describes Tom and George it proves that she’s only after wealth and how materialistic she truly is. Rather than being in love with Tom, Myrtle is infatuated by the life he represents. The happiness that she receives from the materialistic gain of the riches he buys her is what keeps her content and wanting more, not Tom himself. This links to how Myrtle’s materialism affects the way she feels towards her husband, George. She cannot stand his poor status but is very content with Tom ranking in a high social class. Myrtle sees her affair with Tom as a romantic escape. She wants to get a taste of the world like money, nice extravagant things which all consists of things she wouldn’t have access to. In this case, Myrtle assured that her relationship with Tom is a permanent ticket into the world of the wealthy and not just a glimpse.
An outstanding I-Thou moment was when Tom takes Nick and Myrtle to New York City, to the Morningside Heights apartment that he had acquired for his affair with Myrtle. They have a party with Myrtle’s sister named Catherine and a couple named McKee. This group of people are drinking excessively and Myrtle gets louder and much more obnoxious the more she drinks. After getting a bit into the party things start to get out of hand. Tom and Myrtle got into an argument about Daisy. “Sometime toward midnight Tom Buchanan and Mrs. Wilson stood face to face, discussing in impassioned voices whether Mrs. Wilson had any right to mention Daisy’s name.”Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!” shouted Mrs. Wilson. “I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai————-” “Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand” (Fitzgerald 37). Tom punches Myrtle because she wasn’t obedient.
This leads to an I-thou moment due to the fact that Tom knows why he punches Myrtle and Myrtle, herself knows why he did that. The fact that Tom punches Myrtle clearly shows that he views Daisy and Myrtle differently. Since Tom is on a higher rank of the social class and an elitist, he treats his wife Daisy much better than he does to Myrtle, his mistress, because Daisy is a higher worth of value and falls under the higher social class while Myrtle falls under the lower social class and is relatively poor. For Tom, Daisy is unparalleled while Myrtle is replaceable.
Another I-it moment that was prominent in the book was when Daisy ran over Myrtle with a car. George figures out that Myrtle is having an affair. Myrtle is full of anger and with a passion she says “Beat me!” George heard her cry. “Throw me down and beat me, you dirty little coward!” (Fitzgerald 137) Myrtle wants to escape and leave George because of the fact that he believes she’s having an affair with someone which is true. Ironically, as I stated above about how Myrtle loves to fit into the higher social class and that she believed Tom was her ticket in, Daisy thinks that the best thing you can be in life is a fool, but this is the exact reason as to why Myrtle dies.