Great Gatsby Irony
In The Great Gatsby, written by Scott Fitzgerald, there is so much irony that has been embedded into the story. Irony shows up everywhere and in many ways. The incident in which Myrtle was killed and the fact that Daisy was driving is extremely ironic. Previously in the novel, Tom is seen by Myrtle driving Gatsby’s car into town. Fitzgerald wrote it that way to allude to the oncoming scenes. Myrtle did not have to see Tom in Gatsby’s car, and Tom could have driven his own car. Fitzgerald had a reason for writing it like he did so that he could create a more dramatic ending.
More importantly, Tom should not have been having an affair in the first place. He had a loving wife named Daisy and was expecting a baby. Daisy running over Myrtle is perhaps the most ironic point in the novel. If Myrtle had not seen Tom driving Gatsby’s car in the first place, she would have never run in front of Gatsby’s car when Daisy was driving it. Another thing that is ironic is that Myrtle’s husband’s gas station is located in the Valley of Ashes. The Valley of Ashes has a billboard of a pair of eyes that symbolize God. It is ironic that Myrtle got killed in the Valley of Ashes.
Myrtle was sinning by having an affair with a married man while she herself was married. It is almost as if Fitzgerald set it up to be some sort of penalty for Myrtle, by dying and sinning right in front of God’s eyes. Fitzgerald made a very ironic turnout whether it was intentional or unintentional. Myrtle would never have died if Tom had just driven his own car. Also, if Tom had not have been having an affair she would not have had to die; however, then there would not have been any irony. Irony exists mainly in the climax of the novel, Myrtle’s death caused by Daisy’s driving.