Throughout Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” the role of women can be examined to demonstrate anti-feminism. Initially, Daisy is viewed as an innocent, loving character, but once her true motives are revealed, it is clear that she is very corrupt, desiring only money and power. This is used to show the stereotypical female who lives under the man for his possessions, and lacks the self-respect to stand against the opposite gender. She is not the only female to act like this, there are many, but her case is the most important because it directly influences all of the main characters. Gatsby is also portrayed as a stereotype: the boy who wants his true love and will do anything and everything to get her, even be accused of murder. Once each character
F. Scott Fitzgerald uses The Great Gatsby in order to display the wretchedness of upper-class society in the United States. The time period, the 1920s, was an age of new opulence and wealth for many Americans. As there is an abundance of wealth today, there are many parallels between the behavior of the wealthy in the novel and the behavior of today’s rich. Fitzgerald displays the moral emptiness and lack of personal ethics and responsibility that is evident today throughout the book. He also examines the interactions between social classes and the supposed noblesse oblige of the upper class. The idea of the American dream and the prevalence of materialism are also scrutinized. All of these social issues spoken about in The Great Gatsby are relevant in modern society. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses this novel as an indictment of a corrupt American culture that is still present today.
The 1920’s were a time of vast political and social change. Families moved from out west back into urban areas. Everyone came into money, women began rebelling against social norms, and cars were revolutionized. It seemed as if America grew into a time of immense prosperity, everyone had lavish goods and extravagant lifestyles. F. Scott Fitzgerald lived during this time period, writing the novel The Great Gatsby, as an insight to the prosperous lives of those whom lived in New York City and Long Island. Topics such as the mafia, prohibition, speakeasies, the revolution of cars, and social class conflicts were all touched upon in his novel. Fitzgerald took accounts from his own adulthood throughout the 1910-1920 era and used them in his novel,
In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald peers into American life during the roaring 1920s. In the story, Fitzgerald not only discusses the ideas of power and greed but also that of social stratification. Fitzgerald focuses on the thought of a contemporary society: In chapter 3 Gatsby's holds a party that s both a description and parody of Jazz Age decadence. It presents the fortitude of conspicuous use, and is an amalgam of the boorish and the reputable. Fitzgerald accentuates the unique social classes through the descriptions of Gatsby himself, the guest’s behaviors, and the conclusion of the party, in order to suggest the superficiality of society.
The very start of World War I brought the culture of the twentieth century to a world of the new ages. The abrupt start of the war brought conflict and confusion. This sudden flash of reality and birth of new technology whirled into a frenzy of madness that introduced the idea of demoralization. It was the beginning of Modernism which many American authors jumped into. One of them was Scott Fitzgerald who was heavily known for his greatest piece The Great Gatsby, in which a man takes a tight grip onto his past and tries to relive the life he yearned for. At the same time, this novel is being clashed with themes of loneliness and demoralization of the characters and the division of social classes.
Fitzgerald elegantly describes Daisy as an innocent yet charming young woman who is married to a wealthy man, Tom. “her face was sad and lovely with things bring in”this suggests that Daisy is not as simple as she wants us to think, like a absurd and shining girl. For instance, in the text before she uses the word “witty” to describe her graphic and humorous manner. She tries to cover her sadness by putting on a passionate mask.
Fitzgerald essentially misleads the audience as he presents Daisy Buchanan with a series of positive associations, all of which ultimately collapse under the brunt of the revelation of her true character. From the outset, this charismatic Southern belle is portrayed to be pure and innocent, clad in white with her “dress...rippling and fluttering as if [it] had just been blown back after a short flight around the house” (Fitzgerald, 11). The epitome of ‘Heaven of Earth’, Daisy appears to be a righteous inamorata; for this reason, Gatsby is besotted with an idealistic image of Daisy Buchanan, that does not hold up in reality. While Gatsby venerates Daisy, Tom Buchanan, the man she left Gatsby for, sees all women, including Daisy, as entities, objects of desire. Furthermore, Daisy is cognizant of her husband Tom’s infidelity and yet, carries on her life without confronting Tom about his dalliances. The benefits afforded by her alliance to Tom outweigh her desire to rightfully claim her place as his only love (interest). However, their alliance is just that - an alliance, in which Daisy feigns investment, in order to attain the equitable status of being a Buchanan. Now a member of the highly-esteemed social...
This reflects Karl Marx’s belief of upper class wanting and lower class needing more. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald distinguishes the people in East Egg are careless in their mischievous ways. This relates how Daisy and Tom look down upon others, they believe since they’re superior-they’re better than the rest which causes them to be careless. For that, the greedy desperation comes from social problems that rise through different classes.
“The Great Gatsby” was published in 1922. It was written by Scott Fitzgerald. The era of the 1920’s was called “The Roaring Twenties”. In this time period, there were flappers, and women who were criticized by the men in society. Women were restrained in many ways prior to the 1920s, such as not having voting rights. In “Gatsby”, women’s roles in society are emphasized to the point where the reader knows exactly how women were treated back then. They were treated like fools, and like they did not have a say in what they do with their lives. Women’s roles were changing in the 1920s, and this change is reflected in “The Great Gatsby”.
The 1920’s was a time of etiquette and formal behavior, following a set standard that would be insane to deviate from. The 1925 novel of “The Great Gatsby” took place during the same time, however the women in the story did not comply with the general view that society had already claimed to be normal. Every prominent female in the novel had their own experiences and addresses their situations very differently from not only one another, but from how society would react also. Myrtle, Jordan, and Daisy experience different events and follow their own paths, but they conflicted with societal views.
Fitzgerald stereotypes the women as he criticizes them by portraying negative outcomes for women’s actions; however, he failed to portray similarly for the male characters. For instance, Myrtle’s brutal death can be analyzed and connected back as a result of her actions of immorality and cheating on her husband. Furthermore, Fitzgerald reveals that it was frequent for men to be disloyal to their wives, especially when Tom proudly advertises his affair with Myrtle and introduces her to Nick. In case of Tom, he also vindicates his physical strength over women to overpower them. The storyline encourages patriarchal society as is depicted in various parties of Gatsby’s where “men [were] pushing young girls backward in eternal graceless circles… and a great number of single girls dancing individualistically or relieving the traps for a moment” (Fitzgerald 51). The women who are used to entertain men at the party demonstrate the ease with which these women can be obtained. The overall portrayal of women in the novel shows their insignificance in the
F.Scott Fitzgerald infamous novel “The Great Gatsby” set in the roaring twenties focuses to the life of strong powerful men such as Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan, However it shows a few different women: Daisy Buchanan, Jordan baker and Myrtle Wilson,These women live completely different life styles. Daisy a “golden girl” Who is confused about what she wants out of life and right next to her on the social ladder, is Jordan baker a successful golfer. On the other hand, lower on the social ladder is Myrtle, who is having an affair with Tom, Daisy's husband. While each woman in the novel has her own distinguishing characteristics, all of the women are shown to be as subordinate to men and deceitful people.
America is the result of many different ideals, personalities, people, and dreams. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is similar in this sense as it exposes American ideals through its different characters. Through his characters, F. Scott Fitzgerald criticizes the class distinction and gender ideals that consumed America in the twenties and throughout a majority of American history. Even with its criticism of America, it can still be a “great American novel”.
Karl Marx wrote in his 1859 ‘Towards a Critique of Political Economy’ that “it is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence but their social existence that determines their consciousness”. By stating this, Marx sheds light into the workings of ‘The Great Gatsby’ thus showing that the social circumstances in which the characters find themselves define them, and that these circumstances consist of core Marxist principles a Capitalistic society. These principles being ‘commodity fetishism’ and ‘reification’ are useful aids in interpreting and understanding the core themes that run throughout the text.
Despite Daisy being a dislikeable character, there are some instances in which the reader feels sympathetic towards her. A big factor is the affair that Tom has with Myrtle. Daisy knows that what her husband is doing, but she still stays with him for the fact that they have a daughter together and for financial support. When Nick first sees Daisy's daughter, she says, "I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool-that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." By this she means that if her daughter is in the same position she is in her marriage, she won't know of the affair that her husband might have. The reader feels bad for Daisy because she is not being treated the way a wife is supposed to be treated. That is why she is yearning for love, and Gatsby was there to give it to her. Another time is at the hotel suite scene. She doesn't know who to choose from-Tom or Gatsby. She's torn between two lovers, and both of them have their own reasons for loving her, and why she should choose them. Gatsby has a lot to offer her, and loves her for who she is. He succeeded in life just to be with her. Although Tom is having an affair, he questions her about their love, and that Gatsby cannot take his place. Daisy confused on what to do leaves crying, while Gatsby chases after her. The reader feels bad for her because she has to choose from her present life with Tom, or the new life she might have with Gatsby.