Two Sided Coin Essay

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Two sides of the same coin—everyone has heard of this phrase at least once. This idiom means some things are closely related even though they seem completely different. One of the best examples of this phrase is the pair Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Many times women are portrayed as a flower, and this is true for Daisy and Myrtle. No matter how different they seem, they are the same. These women are controlled by the power of money, horded by the same man, and both are undeniably dissatisfied. The lives and death of these women show how life on different sides of the “track” can be awful either way. The different ways of living appear to be completely different, but deep down they are both completely rotten.
Daisy Buchanan is a young woman of a rich background, while Myrtle Wilson is from a family with a modest lifestyle. Daisy’s life is full of money, and Myrtle’s life is surrounded by the lack of money. Daisy’s life is so crowded with money that it leaves room for nothing else; it leaves her with no purpose. While talking with some companions, Daisy asks, “’what’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon...and the day after that, and the day the next thirty years?” pg. 118. Daisy cannot see the wonderful child she and her husband have had together, and she cannot comprehend how much she hurts others by her blindness. Daisy cannot even see what she should do to keep occupied. Then, in Myrtle’s world, there is a gapping emptiness of wealth that she is determined to fill. Myrtle is fixated on gaining the thing that will make her happy, that she cannot understand how good she has it. Mrs. Wilson dismisses her husband for Tom Buchanan, who beats her, just because he is rich. When Nick Carraway meets Myrtle for the first time she goes “walking through her husband as if he were a ghost, shook hands with Tom, looking him flush in the eye,” pg. 26. Myrtle does not realize that Tom will never marry her and she will never gain the money he has; she is just chasing after a noose. Daisy and Myrtle lives are ruined by wealth: one has too much money and the other wants money too much.
Daisy Buchanan, the wife of Tom Buchanan, and Myrtle Wilson, his mistress, are both caged by Tom’s wealth and power. When Daisy meet Tom, her loved one, Jay Gatsby, had left for the war and had not come back yet; she decided to marry Tom instead of waiting for Gatsby because of her impatience and the lure of Tom’s money and, her family’s pressure to marry a wealthy, suitable man. Tom Buchanan is a very possessive man, and he uses his fortune to completely control what he thinks is “his.” “The day before the wedding [of Tom and Daisy] he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” pg. 76, and Tom uses the pearl necklace to hold...

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