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The Great Gatsby

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Myrtle's Ironic Complaint

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What is ironic about Myrtle’s description of her husband, “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman,” she said finally. “I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe?”

A

In reality, Myrtle pursued her husband, George, for many years before she finally convinced him to marry her. She’d had plenty of time to learn about his personality.

B

Before she married George, Myrtle knew nothing about wealth or consumerism. It was only through her marriage to George that she’d developed her expensive tastes.

C

Years earlier she’d had the opportunity to marry Tom, but had chosen George instead.

D

She accuses George of not being a gentleman and not knowing anything about breeding, or proper behavior, yet she is cheating on him, demonstrating clearly improper behavior.

E

George and Myrtle had been married for many years and she’d bragged to her friends that he was a man of great potential.