Caraway's Representation Of Women In The Great Gatsby

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In Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ the 1920’s was a time of glamour and fame. Not only this but it was also an influential period for women and this also had a great impact on American culture. In the novel, Nick Caraway, the narrator uses women as a catalyst for the American Dream, showcasing their beauty and personality. In this essay, I, will explore the ways in which Nick Caraway represents women throughout the novel. Beauty was vital during the 1920’s as women and a changing role as the result of the work that they did during the war. A ‘new’ women was born they became known as ‘Flappers’. Flappers smoked in public, wore skirts above the knee, listened to jazz were sexually liberated. Not only this but the women had more rights and could divorce husbands and have their own jobs although this wasn’t the case for everyone woman. Caraway uses characters such Daisy and Jordan a s representation of beauty, the first time the audience is introduced to these characters is during chapter one, Caraway describes the women in a beautiful and somewhat majestically “the only completely stationary …show more content…

She is also cynical, like Daisy, this is again another way of Caraway representing the women in novel as they are all seen as arrogant, even Myrtle is represented this way when readers are first introduced to her in the beginning of the novel “Get some chairs, why don’t you, so somebody can sit down” already it is clear that Myrtle is arrogant, however, she is fairly different to the other females in the novel as she is not afraid to push limits, especially with Tom, however this is not always a good idea especially as she has her nose broken by him when mentioning Daisy’s name. The one similarity that she and Daisy have is that they are both easily manipulated by Tom and both believe his

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