The Great Gatsby (Assigned)


A moment later she rushed out into the dusk, waving her hands and shouting-before he could move from his door the business was over. The “death car” as the newspapers called it, didn’t stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically for a moment, and then disappeared around the next bend. Michaelis wasn’t even sure of its color-he first told the policeman that it was light green. The other car, the one going toward New York, came to rest a hundred yards beyond, and its driver hurried back to where Myrtle Wilson, her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with dust. Michaelis and this man reached her first, but when they had torn open her shirtwaist, still damp with perspiration, they saw that her left breast was swinging loose like a flap, and there was no need to listen for the heart beneath. The mouth was wide open and ripped at the corners, as though she had choked a little in giving up the tremendous vitality she had stored so long.


          In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the most important scenes to take place is the scene where Myrtle Wilson is killed. I chose to elaborate on this scene from the novel because if Myrtle Wilson hadn’t been killed, the rest of the events in the novel wouldn’t have unraveled the way they did. If Myrtle hadn’t died, then her husband wouldn’t have killed Gatsby and himself, and he and Myrtle would have moved out west to start a their lives fresh. However, while in the middle of an argument with her husband, Myrtle ran into the street and was struck by a car and killed. This car happened to be Gatsby’s car, and it was being driven by Daisy. Once Myrtle was killed, Wilson sought revenge from Gatsby, killing Gatsby and then himself. This once particular scene in the novel brought about the end of three lives and a tragic finish to that summer.

          I chose to represent this scene in the form of a book. Each page in my book represents a different point in that scene. The first page is a picture of Myrtle running off into the sunset, into the street, in order to get away from her husband. I interpreted this as Myrtle running off into the end of her life, just like the setting sun is the end of the day. As Myrtle runs toward the setting sun, she is running toward her death. On the second page, I drew the “death car”. This car is yellow because it is Gatsby’s car, but also because Daisy has control over the car. I drew Daisy as the grim reaper because she took Myrtle’s life without looking back. On the third page, I drew the blood gushing from Myrtle’s body mixing in with the dust like described in the novel. This represents Myrtle’s life gushing away from her, and it is too powerful so she has no way of stopping it. On the last pages I drew Myrtle’s grave. This grave shows the finality of Myrtle’s death and how she really isn’t coming back. I drew Daisy’s covering her grave because, in the end, it was Daisy who took the life of Myrtle and covered any vitality that she had left.

          I chose to play the song Oh! Darling by the Beatles because I felt that this song correctly represented how Wilson felt at the time of Myrtle’s death. The lyrics,  “When you told me you didn’t need me anymore Well you know I nearly broke down and died” demonstrate when Wilson felt that life wasn’t worth living without Myrtle. This feeling ultimately lead to the murder of Gatsby and Wilson’s suicide.



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