The Great Gatsby

What does Myrtle symbolize in The Great Gatsby?

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Myrtle helps to emphasize the theme of class and wealth in The Great Gatsby. Her hypocrisy is illustrated in her belief that she is 'above' her husband, but then is obviously below Tom's. Myrtle puts up with Tom's abuse because she thinks it is 'manly' and that this is what the wealthy act like. Her character shows how wealth and class are assumptions and facades that people assume.