Gender Roles In Faulkner And Gatsby

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary a novel is defined as "A long fictional prose narrative, usually filling one or more volumes and typically representing character and action with some degree of realism and complexity." The American novel has developed greatly over time and first emerged in the United States of American at the ending of the eighteenth century. According to the book A Companion to the American Novel, "It is the genre that scholars most often turn to when they try to define the distinctive characteristics of American life and the specific qualities that mark the American imagination. (Benixen, 2012)” Two great American novelists William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald are not only regarded as American writers because…show more content…
This book focuses heavily on the decline of the once aristocratic family but at the end it also looks at a possibility of renewal. One of the most common themes which is seen throughout both novels is gender. Throughout society from the beginning of time to present, gender has always influenced interpersonal relationships. Therefore just like present day society this theme plays an important role when analysing the interpersonal relationships between characters in both, The Great Gatsby and The Sound and the Fury. When analysing gender representation and its effects on interpersonal relationships, one must pay close attention to gender roles and how the gender roles of a particular society during a specific period of time help to shape the representation of gender within these two…show more content…
These included Tom and Jason’s treatment of women, the fact that they used physical strength to subdue their women. The mixing of traditional women characters and new age women characters in bother Daisy and Jordan from The Great Gatsby and Caddy from The Sound and the Fury. The representation of new age women who embraced and explored their sexualities are also seen within both novels. Although there are many similarities there are also a few differences; these include, the fact that Daisy was married when she had her baby, Jordan never got pregnant despite their promiscuous behaviour but Caddy got pregnant and it is through this pregnancy that a lot of her interpersonal relationship dimensions changed. There were not any
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