Fitzgerald’s stories focuses on the new generation of America with bold, excessive and infuriating characters. He depicts Jazz Age; the celebration and the loss of the Roaring Twenties. “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”, a short story by Fitzgerald, focuses on the struggle of a beautiful but reserved young girl, Bernice. Although Bernice is the protagonist of the story but other characters also lay a very important role in determining her character and fate.
The novel also throws light on the power of the American Dream which held a promise of upward mobility and happiness, regardless of where one was placed on the social ladder. The American Dream motivated people to succeed through Machiavellian means. A turning point in American history around the time when Fitzgerald wrote and published The Great Gatsby was the grant of suffrage to American women (1920) and this led to several changes. Before the war, standard dress for women included long skirts, tightly laced corsets, high-buttoned shoes, and long hair demurely swept up onto the head.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, is full of themes of wealth, love, and tragedy, as well as a subtle but powerful representation of gender. During the time this book was written, women’s suffrage had begun, so women were taking their first steps towards equality with men. The three main women characters in the novel - Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker- all have things in common but can be vastly different; they reflect both man and society’s view of women in the early 20th century. The Great Gatsby portrays the characters Daisy, Myrtle, and Jordan as stereotypes of women during the 1920s, which is shown through their behavior, beliefs, and ultimate fates and their personalities display both powerful and potentially harmful stereotypes of women at this time.
The picture painted of women, when they were even spoken of, was undesirable and condemning. It seemed as though their only role was to appease the needs of men through sex, Ludwig once describes a scene where, “He’s put between two drunken women who’re not too proud to grope him for cigarettes.” (Haffner, 25). The boys’ attitudes towards women, and how the interact with them, showcases the lack of understanding Haffner had of women; how often times, they had to resort to prostitution in order to make ends meet. After the war, women also were more sexually liberated, “Above all, it was the women who in many respect completely transformed themselves.
The miller, in a drunken stupor, tells a tale of a love affair between a married woman and a younger man. The married woman, Alison, marries an older fellow and is then presented with the opportunity to cheat on him with a young scholar. Alison agrees and plays an awful trick on her husband so she and her new lover may be alone. The wife of bath is an incredible character in and of herself. The wife of bath starts with a long prologue, telling of her copious husbands and fondness of sex.
She quickly gained a rising reputation for being on top of the world of fashion. Her initial success motivated her to open another boutique in Biarritz, which was a prosperous location for the wealthy during World War I. By 1919, with all the success Chanel was receiving she was able to open her dream shop in Paris on 31 Rue Cambon, which was the most fashionable part of Paris. During the post-war period, she felt the need to revolutionize women’s clothing and fashion. The 1920’s was a significant period of liberation for women. This was the time where women were given the right to vote in several countries.
These new social norms, combined with the prohibition of alcohol resulted in a luxurious, over-the-top, and high-spending lifestyle. One character who embodies all of the characteristics of the “new woman,” is Daisy Buchanan, the wife of Tom Buchanan. In The Great Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan is portrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald as a woman who is more concerned about her social status and wealth than her morals, but when examined closer, it is evident that she was torn by her idea of love. Daisy Buchanan is a beautiful young woman originally from Louisville, Kentucky. She is Nick Carraway’s cousin and the love of a young, fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby.
A woman who was underscoring the traditional in the past about forced marriage, and that would lead them to the wrong way. Even though it felt guilty for a woman to do so, but it brought them to a happy feeling with their life. Throughout the story, as well as the setting at Calixta’s house, the author expressed the dissatisfaction with traditional marriage in the late nineteenth. Therefore, the storm illustrated a joyful life of a woman who got accepted with her trickery
The Roaring Twenties I. The Roaring Twenties altered the everyday lives of many Americans. Many more people listened to music, women became more liberated, and there was a rise in the number of people smoking and drinking. The list goes on and on. Many major events took place in the twenties like women getting the right to vote, the ratification of the 19th Amendment (Prohibition), and the publication of “The Great Gatsby”. As a whole the Roaring Twenties were pictured as a time of independence and freedom.
”(Kataria 24). Blanche desires to be desired by Mitch. Before Blanche met Mitch, she was trying something with Stanley. “She flirts with him, sprays him with her atomizer asks him to button up her blouse…”(Kataria 27). Since Blanche has not had men attracted to her in a while, when she meets Stanley, she flirts with him.
Women established independence in the 1920s on the basis of their recently granted voting rights, and the more women are encouraged to vote, the more independent they become(Henretta 644).The term “Flappers” is often used to describe women living in the 1920s as the dress code for woman has completely changed from the victorian traditions("New"). In a coke advertising poster in the 1920s, the women in the image has short hair, painted nails and is in a sundress(“Let’s”). The celebratory background, her joyful expression and the cute panda doll give the audience the feeling that the woman lives with ease and has a good companion. Her appearance and the way she holds the hands of her companion suggests that she is not a household wife and to a family, but is instead, an independent individual seeking for romance. This impression of a delighted woman was the role model for women and also the ideal date for men.
The 1920s was a wonderful time for the beginning of a better life for all United States citizens. There was prosperity after the war ended. It created many opportunities for new business and technology to make daily living change forever. The culture of the 1920s changed dramatically with different industries taking off at full speed. This period was called the roaring twenties because the night life, showgirls, and glam won over everyone 's hearts.
The 1920’s was an uprising decade known as “the roaring twenties”. Big changes came with the 1920’s, new fashions, new technologies. Women began to have more rights, and Prohibition. Many People called the 1920’s the “age of excess” because American people could afford and buy anything they wanted. The 1920’s made america what it is today.
The new women were independent, bright-eyed alert and alive eager to gain new freedom (p.1035). Tradition women wore petticoat and floor length dresses whereas the new women wore skirts that stop at the knee with minimal undergarments. Flappers went to bars and drank publicity, they experiment with premarital sex whereas the traditional womanhood this was unspeakable sex was something that was between a married couples. The new women symbolized the new liberated women of the 1920s. (p.1036) more middle class women attended college in the 1920s than ever before, many women were recruited for jobs that usually held my men.
Over the past sixty years’ women have made their mark, some decades more drastic than others. Women’s roles in the household, the family life they dreamed of, their rights in society, and their values towards themselves have all made a huge impact and difference on the women then and now. The nineteen fifties had one of the largest impacts with the greatest music, styles, and breakthrough advertising techniques, the fifties have remained to leave a memorable impression on passing decades. The morals and styles of the fifties is known to have left the greatest inspiration on today’s modern culture. The modern two thousand with its drastic difference has re mastered the definition of modern living.