Myrtle Wilson does not play a significant part in The Great Gatsby’s plot. She is, nevertheless, an important element of the book. Myrtle is lively and odd, unlike Daisy. However, it becomes apparent that she isn’t particularly bright through Nick’s description of her appearance and hobbies.
Daisy is largely defined by her contrast to Myrtle Wilson. Daisy’s personality is contrasted with that of Myrtle Wilson throughout the story. Their disagreements are most apparent in their connection with Tom. Nick focuses on Daisy’s movements, quirks, and voice while describing Daisy.
Nick, on the other hand, fails to notice anything beyond Myrtle’s body. He states that she “sported her extra flesh with a certain style as some ladies can.” This phrase suggests that Nick cannot see much in Myrtle when it comes to intellect or personality. It appears that no one else is aware of it.
In their ambition to climb the social ladder, Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson are quite comparable. Myrtle is regarded as a dimwit. That’s because of her attitude towards those at the bottom of the social ladder. Wilson becomes a moron, while Gatsby is a tragic hero.
She convinces herself that Tom will abandon Daisy for her. She supports her optimism by pointing to all of the things he’s given her, including a symbolic poppy.
It’s clear to everyone except Myrtle that Tom’s presents are meaningless. Furthermore, Myrtle’s interest in scandal-mongering, tabloids, and clothes does not suggest she is clever.
Her choice of reading material for the apartment, in my opinion, is the most telling example. No books…. just gossip periodicals. Myrtle Wilson, like Tom Buchanan, is a cheater who doesn’t care for his or her partner. What does Fitzgerald think Myrtle Wilson isn’t an intellectual about? Myrtle believes that Tom truly loves her, and he would leave his wife for her.