How Does Fitzgerald Treat Women In The Great Gatsby

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Social Breakdown in The Great Gatsby Women can achieve what they want using their intelligence, but men treat them in a way that makes them feel worth less than they actually do or are unable to do things because of that. “The thing that women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” (Roseanne Barr). Women’s surroundings and the way they are treated affects their decisions and behavior. Also, Men play a role in how they are treated and viewed. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, shows that feminist criticism is an example of social breakdown. Women are looked down upon and they are seen as property or objects. “Though I was curious to see her I had no desire to meet her— but I did. I went up to New York ‘We’re getting off!’ he insisted. ‘I want you to meet my girl.” (Fitzgerald 27). This quote is showing how men viewed women. Tom is talking to Nick and they are on their way to see Myrtle, the women Tom is cheating on with Daisy. When he says “I want you to meet my girl” it shows that he has some kind of ownership over her.…show more content…
At first, Daisy Buchanan is viewed as a sweet young girl, but she was later revealed as a extremely manipulative and mischievous character. She is only interested in men that were very wealthy and was never treated with respect from Tom or Gatsby. Gatsby tried to win her back from Tom by throwing parties and hands her many different gifts, but Tom wouldn't let her be with him, even though he was cheating on her with Myrtle. “In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago… he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars” (Fitzgerald 82). This shows that Daisy married Tom simply for the reason that he had money. She basically used him so that she could have nice
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