Characteristics Of Jordan Baker In The Great Gatsby

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What do you get when you cross a flapper, a golf club, and an orange?....Jordan Baker. In the Book “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jordan Baker is a professional golfer during the day and professional flapper by night. She makes her way through life running on an orange personality. Jordan exemplifies several of the traits associated with the orange personality. She is an intentional rule breaker, enjoys careers that allow independence and freedom, and finally is a quick witted charming woman. An intentional rule breaker by heart and a flapper by choice Jordan uses this trait throughout the novel. She starts breaking rules immediately why she became a flapper. A flapper is someone who broke woman's normal social standards in the 1920’s-this is exactly what Jordan did. In “The Great Gatsby” Fitzgerald emphasizes her flapperness when Nick first meets Jordan. Fitzgerald describes, “She was a slender, small-breasted girl, with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her…show more content…
Jordan is a professional golfer, how could that not be more independent and fee? She is free to play when and wherever she wants. She is also successful in her career. She has won many trophies and her being a golfer is how Nick recognizes her when they first meet. Her career also allows her relationship with Nick to be flirtatious and without much structure or foundation. Nick and Jordan's relationship throughout the book is there but never actually has a backbone to it. They honestly never say they are together, but the reader can assume when Fitzgerald describes, “As we passed over the dark bridge her wan face fell lazily against my coat’s shoulder and the formidable stroke of thirty died away with the reassuring pressure of her hand” (135-136). While her career allowed her to be independent and free, Jordan was able to carry that over with her relationship with
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