Female Characters In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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The twenties came about like a roaring thunder. When thinking about the twenties, what comes to mind? Flappers, illegal booze, jazz and parties sound about right. Fitzgerald loosely documents the lifestyle he lived with his wife during that era in his novel “The Great Gatsby”. Fitzgerald does a great job at capturing the party lifestyle of the time, but he takes time to develop the female characters as well. Despite the roaring twenties being a liberating time for women, Fitzgerald’s shows through the different traits of the female characters, that woman still faced many challenges due to patriarchy and social class. Daisy is arguably the most important female character in “The Great Gatsby”. She lives in the sophisticated East Egg with
Daisy is perhaps the most enlightened of the female characters because she realizes that the top of the ladder for her and her daughter are to be trophies. Her aspirations seem limited to just having a good time. Her social status was a hindrance to Gatsby 's marriage to her. Gatsby knew that she would never marry him based on love, because he was poor. Daisy wouldn 't find it hard to deny him because it 's a simple as Gatsby puts it, “he had no real right to touch her hand “. He was poor so he shouldn 't have even have had the chance to talk to her. Jordan is also at the top of the social ladder too. She just wants to have a good time too but it seems that she is motivated to be at an equal level with men. She jokes and is blunt when she speaks, as if she were on the same level as them. This could be true because at times she interrupts Nick in mid-sentence, who is of a lower class. Similar to Daisy, Jordan’s affair with Nick would have never gone anywhere because he too is of a lower class, therefore it would be taboo to marry. We later find out that she is like Tom, she 's engaged and but still using Nick as a plaything. Perhaps that is a privilege that a higher class has over a lower one. Myrtle on the other hand is not at the same level as Jordan and Daisy, but she is desperate to reach her goal of reaching the same
Many of the events and characteristics directly correlated to his real life according to a brief biography on F Scott Fitzgerald (Oxford). He utilized Myrtle, Daisy, and Jordan to express what he thought about the state of women in the 1920s. The 1920s was a time of swift changes in moral and social values and Fitzgerald exhibits that women were caught in the midst of a chaotic transition from the old ways into the new. This is especially evident in the case of Jordan Baker. In her conversation with Nick about driving, which is actually a conversation about relationships, she implies that she wants the best of both worlds. She wants the comfort and security of being a sophisticated lady, but she too wants to live a carefree life. This symbolizes the process of how 1920 's women were making decisions about how they wanted to spend their life. Also, since she clearly won 't let a man influence her, she represents modern women 's increasing independency. Myrtle was at another extreme of the spectrum. Although Myrtle didn 't reach her dream of being rich and married to Tom, she died trying. The author conveys through Myrtle that women have the determination to get further in life but promiscuity is not the means. Through Daisy, Fitzgerald shows that women can be careless and it is unfair that they can get away with

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the woman characters are conveyed throughout "the great gatsby" as inferior to men.
  • Analyzes how fitzgerald could have made myrtle's corpse have sexual characteristics, such as her left breast swinging loose like a flap, and that her mouth was wide open and ripped at the corners.
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