The Great Gatsby Ch 2 Quotes

Pg. 38 – (Catherine)’ “It’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart. She’s a Catholic and they don’t believe in divorce.” Daisy was not a Catholic and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie.’ What does this lie say about Tom? Tom is willing to make-up a lie to blame Daisy for his unwillingness to divorce and lie to keep Myrtle as a mistress. He is making an excuse and Myrtle maybe gullible to believe.
Pg. 38 – (Catherine)’ “It’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart. She’s a Catholic and they don’t believe in divorce.” Daisy was not a Catholic and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie.’ What does this say about Myrtle? It says that Myrtle wants the wealth and standing of being Tom’s wife, but is will ing to remain his mistress knowing Daisy will not divorce.
Pg. 39 – (Myrtle) “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman,” she said finally. “I thought he knew something about breeding but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe.”What does this statement say about Myrtle? Remember, she is saying this to several people whom she doesn’t know well and have never met her husband. Myrtle has total disrespect for her husband, She feels she married below her standing. She has no problem with disrespecting him publicly and to people she just met.
Pg. 38 – (Catherine)’ “It’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart. She’s a Catholic and they don’t believe in divorce.” Daisy was not a Catholic and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie.’ Pg. 39 – (Myrtle) “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman,” she said finally. “I thought he knew something about breeding but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe.”Think about these quotes , judging by these 2 statements, do you think Tom and Myrtle are a good match? Explain. Considering the type of character shown in the two quotes, Tom and Myrtle are both selfish and flawed people. They are both willing to lie and break social codes without respect for others. They deserve each other.
Pg. 41 “Making a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.”Were you shocked at the way the party ended? Does this action fit with the image you had of Tom up to this point? How does the entire argument make Tom seem hypocritical? The ending is shocking to me (well that’s my thought). Tom is a flawed character, but his willingness to break Myrtle’s nose takes his despicableness to a whole other level and show he really feel he is above everything, even the social codes that suggest gentlemen do not hit women. His actions make his hypocritical because Tom was just putting down Myrtle’s husband, but he got angry and broke her nose for mentioning Daisy. Myrtle’s not even good enough to say Daisy’s name. Clearly Tom is not going to leave Daisy for Myrtle.

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