The Betrayal of a Female

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The toxic relationship of Tom and Daisy is the center of a revolving circle of love and distress in the classic novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The ideas expressed throughout the novel reinforce the patriarchal ideology in present day as well as that of the 1920’s when the book was written. Through his use of characterization he portrays women as emotional, irrelevant states of matter in an attempt to reinforce the idea of male dominance to the reader. Many “cast men as rational, strong, protective, and decisive.” (Tyson, pg 85) Giving the illusion that men are the head of the household. Which is what most young people are taught as they grow up in such a society? Where as they “cast women as emotional (irrational), weak, nurturing, and submissive,” (Tyson, Pg85) implying that a woman is too weak to be anything more than the barer of a man’s child. “Patriarchy is thus, by definition, sexist, which means it promotes the belief that women are innately inferior to men.” (Tyson, Pg.85) The portrayal Fitzgerald gives to his reader is without a doubt arrogant of man, actua...
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