English Coursework

analytical Essay
1877 words
1877 words

Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby is a character introduced as “passive, security-minded and pragmatic” who lacks the gall to leave her husband for Jay Gatsby. Although she does not own Gatsby, Daisy appears to possess ownership of him as it is argued in, Psychological Politics of the American Dream, that women are treated as commodities traded among men, however this fails to account for the fact that Daisy is equally as manipulative as Tom specifically towards Gatsby. Once the truth about Gatsby is revealed, Daisy beings “drawing further and further into herself” as the illusion of a new, wealthy life with Gatsby is shattered. Compare the representations of the subjugation of women in Othello, The Great Gatsby and Wuthering Heights. The subjugation of women is a key theme across my three chosen texts, Othello, The Great Gatsby and Wuthering Heights, that is presented both subtly and obviously through forms of physical, sexual and mental denegation. As a subtler example of subjugation, each woman is ultimately controlled and manipulated by a male figure, whether it be through Othello’s suppression of Desdemona upon believing she is unfaithful, Heathcliff’s domination over Isabella or Tom Buchanan’s economic control of Daisy via his financial stability within a class defined society. This confirms Evelyn Cunningham’s perception that, “Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their oppressors”, notably in the way that women’s roles are dictated and restricted by the domineering, patriarchal men in their lives, however there are still aspects of female rebellion in each of the texts. Othello’s subjugation towards Desdemona is largely portrayed as being linked to the effect of th... ... middle of paper ... ...d there is no simplistic way of seeing it. It has many different factors that affect it such as the roles that women play in society, class and the expectations of virginity and sex. Othello, Heathcliff and Tom Buchanan are the main male characters that exert their control over their female significant other as well as other female characters in the novel. The female characters at times do challenge this subjugation, Jordan Baker and Nelly being some examples of this, however they are not always successful in rebelling against this denegation as seen in Othello with both Desdemona and Emilia being tragically murdered. It is only seen in Wuthering Heights, with Young Catherine, who breaks outside the barriers of subjugation and marries the man she truly loves (Hareton), ultimately living the fairy tale ending that would be expected of a Victorian Novel at the time.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how othello's subjugation towards desdemona is linked to the effect of the military life on him, resulting in lack of experience and naivety in love and relationships.
  • Analyzes how female characters of each text have to exist in close proximity to male characters that are in themselves flawed resulting in their subjugation of the females.
  • Analyzes how gatsby's ingenuousness and lack of cultural-capital is similar to heathcliff in wuthering heights.
  • Analyzes how some women in the texts subconsciously accept subjugation and behave in a sub-jugated manner. othello and desdemona go to consummate their marriage.
  • Analyzes how myrtle is a shrill and manipulated presence in the buchanan's lavish world.
  • Analyzes how fitzgerald portrays the new social and sexual freedom that women enjoyed through the lives of his female characters in the great gatsby.
  • Compares the representations of the subjugation of women in othello, the great gatsby and wuthering heights.
  • Analyzes how othello, heathcliff, and tom buchanan are the main male characters that exert their control over their female significant other.
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