She had caught a cold, and it made her voice huskier and more charming than ever

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter VIII) on Rap Genius


Throughout The Great Gatsby, Daisy’s voice used as a symbol as to what allures Gatsby in the first place. Her voice exemplifies that eternal, unchanging life of Old Wealth. This idea of old money reveals as the one thing that everyone wants to be but can not be achieved; Myrtle and Gatsby are both fighting to become a part of this higher class and ironically end up being sacrificed to the old wealthy’s way of life. Myrtle is left in the ash, from where she came and will return, her smoldering vitality “extinguished.” The lower classes are confined to the idea of “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” (Genesis, 3:19), while those born into wealth are bound to stay there, effortlessly.

Myrtle Wilson,her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with the dust (Fitzgerald 137).

Myrtle running to her death in the The Great Gatsby 2012 Movie Trailer.

In this passage, Gatsby sees that Daisy has a weakness, which to him is sexier than all else: her weakness in his ability to become enter the realm of Old Wealth and be with Daisy after all these years. Her husky voice allows her to sounds seductive in an innocent way, inviting Gatsby to believe that he could fulfill Daisy’s weaknesses.

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