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The Puppy A distant relative of the writer of The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was raised by his father following the death of his mother the two lived off her small inheritance Fitzgerald wrote a series of novels taking place in the roaring twenties In 1925 Fitzgerald created the arguably biographical The Great Gatsby In the novel Fitzgerald uses animals mainly a puppy to characterize and to drive the plot In the earlier section of the book chapter 2 the reader meets the puppy In meeting the puppy Fitzgerald conveys education levels of Myrtle Wilson and Tom Buchanan I dont suppose you got that kind 27 This quote from Myrtle shows us that her english level is below par However Toms knowledge is shown to be slightly more extensive when he realizes that the dog the man tries to sell them isnt the type myrtle had desired Thats no police dog 27 Throughout the entire ordeal Myrtle has somewhat of a gitty disposition while Tom is ready to move ahead His impatience is show when Myrtle asks the sex of the dog The dog is said to be male but he replies Its a bitch 27 This attitude remains throughout the novel Fitzgerald uses this puppy scene as a fantastic opportunity to characterize In the later section of the book chapter 8 the reader is told about the puppys dog collar Fitzgerald no longer uses the puppy for characterization but rather to provide a vehicle for Gatsbys death and consequently Wilsons Wilson had been suspicious of Myrtle before this incident but it was later that Wilson is assured of her affair after discovering the dog collar Tom had bought for her pet George Wilson is so mad that he takes his ideas so far as to say that the person who gave her this collar murdered Myrtle Eventually Wilson acquires the location of the yellow car that ran his wife
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