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Chapter 2

THE GREAT GATSBY Chapter 2: Daisy & Myrtle
Compare and contrast Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson in the chart below.
Then, answer the questions that follow.
Daisy Buchanan
● She grew up in the upper class
and is rich.
● Wears mainly white and is quiet
and controlled although fairly
● Acts like life is perfect around
Tom even though it is not
● Daisy is in an abusive
relationship with Tom and is
seeking a love relationship
● Lives in the East Egg.
Myrtle Wilson
● Grew up in the lower class
● Presents more flashily wearing
deep or bright colors and being
● Acts like she is not apart of the
lower class
● Respected by George but
unaware of her choices
● Lives in the Valley Ashes and is a
bit more trashy and represent
herself less feminine
● Both are unhappy in their marriages
● Both are selfish
● Both have affairs with each other
● Both are Tom’s lovers
● Both want money. Both yell at To
Analysis Questions
Given the above information, why do you think Tom is attracted to Myrtle? Why
is Myrtle attracted to Tom? Explain.
Tom likely picks Myrtle because he thinks she will be easy to control. She is not
wealthy, powerful, or socially connected, so she is not a threat to him.
Daisy and Myrtle are both named after flowers. Do a Google search of both
flowers (make sure to look at images), and then explain why Fitzgerald might
have named Daisy and Myrtle after these particular flowers.
Daisy’s name portrays her beauty. Using Daisy, a white flower, as her name,
Fitzgerald used color symbolism to convey her purity and status. Daisy also has
a gold yellow middle which is a symbol for Daisy’s lust for wealth and social
hierarchy. Myrtle flowers are not nearly as beautiful and delicate as Daisies
which is why Myrtle is just the mistress. The color of a Myrtle is a pink red color
which symbolizes passion and love. These were things that Tom wasn’t getting
from Daisy which is why he looked elsewhere for it.