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The relationship between Myrtle Wilson and Tom Buchanan helps portray the themes of social classes in F Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby The ways in which Tom and Myrtles relationship influences the novels commentary on social classes are basically two fold Firstly that it is impossible to permanently change ones social class simply by association with someone in a higher class And secondly that is impossible for love to exist between two people on opposite ends of the social scale One of the biggest ways that the novel has of showing the reader of the impossibility to climb the social ladder simply by association with someone who is at the top of it is how Myrtle leads a double life When she is with Tom she lives the high life She goes to classy parties in New York City with rich people and purchases puppies and other things But when she is not with Tom she spends most of her days locked up in a small desolate room above her husbands unsuccessful garage Myrtle never really loved Tom she just loved the life Tom led and would be willing to do anything to have that life her self She loved what Tom would buy her and the parties he would bring her to Myrtle could have used anyone with Toms social class to give her that feeling that Tom gave her The feeling that she was better than she actually was In this sense Tom symbolizes a portal which gives Myrtle brief periods of what she thinks is the best and most enjoyable way to live The novel also shows how the social ladder can be climbed It shows this through Gatsby Gatsby climbed to the height of social by joining the army than working hard Even though the ways and means Gatsby had used to come to his high social standing probably were illegal he still
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