Thursday, June 19, 2008

Myrtle

What reason did Myrtle give for marrying George Wilson? What does this say about her social status and the role of women in that social status?

5 comments:

dani.k said...

When Myrtle met George he was wearing a very expensive suit, which insinuated that he was rich and high class; he looked like a very successful man. When George took an interest in Myrtle, she jumped for it. Women in this time, especially lower class women such as Myrtle, were striving to earn a higher position within society. The easiest, and probably only, way to do so was to marry a successful man. To Myrtle, George appeared to be just this.

Kyle said...

I disagree with Danica with regard to George Wilson's wealth. George was the owner of a automobile shop, located at the edge of the valley of ashes. He was a second-class man, who did not have much wealth. Yet his profound love towards Myrtle attracted Myrtle's attention, who once was street woman.

Janique said...

I agree with both Danica and Kyle. When Myrtle met George the first thing she noticed was his outside. She saw the expensive looking suit and right away saw a chance of a better life and of improving herself. Like Kyle said, George's love toward her must have attracted her in some way. At one point she must have loved him back although she chose to have an affair. In this book image seems to be everything. Wealth, money, looks, class, and much more is what everyone dreams of and wants for themselves.

hyunah said...

In chapter II when Catherine asks Myrtle why she married Wilson, Myrtle says that she thought Wilson was a gentleman and she thought he knew something about breeding. Myrtle says she made a mistake in marrying Wilson as he had borrowed somebody's best suit to get married in. I think Myrtle was looking for a way to be happy by striving to become part of the high position in society. One can see this because when Myrtle tells the first time she met Tom, the first thing she noticed was his clothes. As Myrtle denies that she has never been crazy for Wilson, I believe she tried to move up from her social status.

JinA said...

When Catherine and Nick were talking about Tom and Myrtle's relationship, Mrs. Mckee brings up the subject about her almost marrying a kyke. Then Myrtle answers “at least you didn’t marry him.” Myrtle was implying that marrying George Wilson was a mistake. The reason Myrtle gives is that she thought George was a gentleman and someone who knew about breeding which is connoting that she thought George was from high class. Besides insulting him, Myrtle keeps criticizing how he was so poor that he even had to borrow someone's suit in their wedding. Her critical remarks toward George were just a way of Myrtle saying that she was meant to be with Tom. This just shows Myrtle's attempt of getting a better social status. The only way she could improve her status was by marrying a rich man. Although maybe at one point she did love George, she is denying it because of her strong desire to become rich.