Essay by Belén Irazusta

How far is Myrtle a victim of the 1920s in America?

In the following essay I will write about the fact that Myrtle is a victim of the 1920`s state of mind in America in the book “the great Gatsby”.

The 1920`s was a time where people began to do what they wanted to do instead of following social norms. Women fought for the right to vote and changed the rules of fashion, it was the decade in which women first liberated themselves from constricting fashion and began to wear more comfortable clothes.

Another fact of the 1920`s was prohibition that made illegal to drink alcohol. The way of thinking also changed. The radio became popular. People loved to dance, especially the Charleston. There were new like spending all the money to have fun and making parties.

Myrtle is a very good example of a woman at that time. She got married to George Wilson, a man with very little money, and she seems not to be so happy “the only crazy I was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake he borrowed somebody`s just to get married me”. Here we can see how she sees her marriage with George. So desperately, looks for a way to improve her situation. She seems to be Tom, a man who has a lot of money and can buy her a lot of things. She acted as if she were a rich woman, and wears sexy clothes. She also makes a lot of parties in the apartment in New York with a lot of elegant people.

In conclusion, we can say that Myrtle is a victim of the 1920`s.

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