Annie Wittenberg

The Great Gatsby
Catherine and Michaelis

Although Catherine and Michaelis are minor characters in the novel The Great Gatsby, they both had influenced the fatal events and outcomes towards the end; however, in different ways.   With the results of Myrtle, Mr. Wilson, and Gatsby’s deaths; it was the minor characters, Catherine and Michaelis who had an influence on the outcome of the tragedy.  
Throughout   all of the characters, Catherine, Myrtle’s sister, had known about the affair between Tom and Myrtle.   Catherine was often present at gatherings with Tom and Myrtle, she seemed to be supportive of their affair.   Catherine encouraged   her to leave Mr. Wilson at one point.   "She really ought to get away from him..” (pg 39).   Myrtle was a social-climber, and wanted to give herself that good name and luxurious lifestyle.   Myrtle was upset that her husband was not a rich man, and Tom's wealth seemed to draw her to him in that way.   Just as her sister, Catherine may have been a social-climber as well.   “She came in with such a proprietary haste, and looked around so possessively at the furniture that I wondered if she lived here. But when I asked her she laughed immoderately, repeated my question aloud.” (pg 34).   She may have perhaps even felt that she could share the benefits of the affair, knowing Tom was a wealthy man and shared his money with Myrtle.   However, others discovering the affair could destroy her reputation,   therefore, she kept quiet in order to protect her and her sister throughout the novel.
After the three deaths, Catherine’s view on the affair started to change.   She didn’t want to be connected with Myrtles affair and life because of her reputation.   She no longer cared about the benefits of the affair because of the mess that was made.   Because there were deaths associated with the affair, Catherine needed to protect her and her Myrtles names.   At court, she denied all of the claims that Myrtle was cheating on Mr....