The man in the middle is the one doing the infidelity. He has two masks over his shoulder, which represent the double life he is living. One with his wife and one with his mistress. This pictures shows a lot about the man just from the two masks over his shoulder. I picture the man in the middle to be more like Tom - leading a double life. One with Myrtle and one with Daisy.
Post Malone sang the song, "I Fall Apart" and he sings about how deeply he was hurt by the person he thought was the one. But in the end he was blindsided and betrayed. This song ties to the beginning of The Great Gatsby when Daisy was feeling helpless because Tom's mistress would call their home. She also explained how Tom was not there for the birth of their daughter, or there for them at all in general. Towards the end of the book Daisy admitted she loved Tom at one point, but does not anymore because of all the betrayal he has put her through.
This song by John Legend is about him having an affair while he is still married. He begs his mistress to keep the affair a secret from his wife because he doesn't want to upset her. John sings, "Girl I know your doing the same thing too / But I wont tell your man the things we do oh no / Cause he don't have to know". These lyrics very much bring me back to The Great Gatsby. Tom and Daisy are both married to each other - yet they are having affairs on the side.
This poem called "Infidelity" by Chris Chronister describes the pain one goes through after their other half has been cheating. You're left feeling useless and not good enough. At the end of chapter 7 of the Great Gatsby, Wilson tells Tom he wants to take his wife west after he found out she was cheating on him. Wilson had locked Myrtle in a room upstairs. After finding out that Myrtle was cheating on him, he acts out and gets protective over her by locking her up and wanting to move west. Wilson states to Tom, " I need money pretty bad, and I was wondering what you were going to do with your old car". (p. 123). After Tom finds out he wants to take Myrtle west, he was "startled". This ties back to the poem of your heart feeling broken and in pain.
In this article, the author, Danielle Page, claimed many reasons as to why people cheat. One that stood out to me was, "Research shows that women cheat because they feel emotionally deprived, and men because they feel sexually deprived". This fact stood out to me because you see this happen a lot throughout The Great Gatsby. Daisy was very emotionally deprived with Tom. Tom spent most of his time with his mistress, Myrtle. Leaving Daisy emotionally deprived. She knew Tom didn't actually love her. During a heated argument, Daisy had stated, "I never loved him" (p. 132). Gatsby tended to show way more effort and affection towards Daisy - something she wasn't getting from Tom.
Despite their destructiveness, affairs are not going out of style. Not all affairs are alike; some are even accidental. Going behind your partners back, lying and breaking the promise of being faithful is an issue that will not die out. The author, Frank Pittman, speaks a lot upon how common infidelity is, seeing it take place in the office and watching how men and women lead a secret life from their partners. Tom would not only have a mistress, he would rub it in Daisy's face. Myrtle, Toms mistress, would call their house phone. Tom didn't really attempt to keep it a secret, but he always lived his life in the dark by disappearing to go see Myrtle. He would always make excuses for his cheating, such as "As whats more, I love Daisy too. Once in awhile I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time" (p. 131).