“slender, small breasted girl”
“Throwing her body backwards at the shoulders”
“wan, charming, discontented face”
“golden slender arm”
(AO3) – The ideal feminine body type at the time was the “flapper body”, very skinny, no curvy child-bearing hips, flat chests, boyish body and boyish short hair slanted shoulders (as Jordan has)
Represented the liberation of women from purely a wife or mother, progression e.g getting the vote in 1928, newly liberated by work during WW1
a) “Tom’s got some woman in New York”
Jordan has her own job as a golfer, she is an athletic modern woman.
Jordan poses a lot, like a fashion model, gives her a sense of other worldlyness, she becomes detached from emotional entanglement of any situation.
However, the reader cannot always tell what she is thinking, her true emotions are guessed by Nick as the narrator.
“carried her flesh sensuously as some women can”
“every nerve in her body was continuously smouldering”
“soft coarse voice” – juxtaposition of adjectives to indicate Myrtle’s raspy voice
Unlike Daisy and Jordan, she is not elegant or delicate but is vigorous and loud, has a lust for life despite living in the poverty stricken Valley of Ashes
daisy = a dainty white flower
myrtle = an sturdy evergreen shrub, in Greek mythology a sacred plant to the goddess of love Aphrodite
More attractive to Tom because of her sexuality rather than her pure beauty.
“an elaborate dress of cream coloured chiffon” (once she gets to her Manhattan apt)
Repetition of soft c sound emphasises the elegance Myrtle tries to convey
“elaborate” contrasts clearly from the “brown muslin” she wore in the V of A, change of scene shows change in her character, her liberation from poverty.
“the intense vitality…converted into an impressive hauteur”
“swept about the kitchen, implying a dozen chefs awaited her.”
“swept” =a sense of wide movement, shows her confidence, repeated use for emphasis.
“a dozen chefs” = links to the later description of Gatsby’s party with a huge amount of staff. gatsby, like Myrtle came from humble beginnings, but managed to work his way up in society to achieve the “platonic conception of himself”. For myrtle however, it is just a well put together facade