Daisy's Portrayal Of Women In The Great Gatsby

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This stereotype can be interpreted from the lifestyle of Tom and Daisy, especially, when they move to a new place instead of attending the funeral of Gatsby - who selflessly loved Daisy. The character of Daisy illustrates the women of the 1920s, who is trapped in a loveless marriage. The era of the 1920s “became different for many women…[they] were earning their own money, but many stopped working once they got married (The 1920s). The society has transformed Daisy into an individual where she is obligated to live as a dependent woman. When Daisy is told that “it [is] a girl, she turn[s] [her] head away and [weeps]. I hope she'll be a fool [says Daisy]—that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 34).…show more content…
Fitzgerald further reveals how it is acceptable as well as frequent for men to be disloyal to their spouses, as also reflected in the book when Tom gloriously publicizes his relationship with Myrtle by introducing her to Daisy’s cousin, Nick. Even though Daisy also had an affair with Tom, it was carried secretly and kept private initially. In addition, the character of Tom also authenticates his power by physically abusing women to suppress and inhibit them as also evident when Daisy confesses "Look! I hurt it. "You did it, Tom," she said accusingly. That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen” (Fitzgerald 72). The Great Gatsby exemplifies the role of men as the constitution of the society, while women are illustrated as objective targets to be manipulated and used under the mandate of
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