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How Is Daisy Portrayed In The Great Gatsby

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In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays women in an extremely negative light. The idea Fitzgerald gives off is that women are only good for their looks and their bodies and that they should just be a sex symbol rather than actually use their heads. He treats women like objects and the male characters in the novel use women, abuse women, and throw them aside. I believe that Daisy, Jordan and Myrtle are prime examples of women in The Great Gatsby being treated poorly. In this novel, Daisy is the most abused by male characters. She is objectified, cheated on by her husband, and probably physically abused by him, based on what he did to Myrtle. When Daisy gets back together with Gatsby, he says, “It excited him too that many men had already loved Daisy-- it increased her value in his eyes.” (page 156). This quote shows how men objectify Daisy just because…show more content…
She is such a stereotypical female character in a negative way. Fitzgerald portrays her as such a pure, pretty, proper character, but she does not really have a personality. She is stereotypically a bad driver, obviously, because she is a woman, but when it comes to her personality she’s just another cookie cutter woman in the 1920’s. Males overlook her because she is a celebrity and obviously she can’t use her head, but they trust her for as long as they still find her interesting. Once they decide that she does not have much of a personality, they abandon her and find someone better. Even Nick, who is an extremely pure and honest character in the novel decides after a while that she is not interesting to him. Fitzgerald also gives Jordan negative attributes, like being a liar, cheater, arrogant, and she does not think the rules apply to her. None of these are positive things that someone strives to be, and Jordan is all of these things. Nonetheless, Jordan Baker is treated like a queen compared to Myrtle
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