Essay On Women In The Great Gatsby

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In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays women as overemotional, irresponsible, and that they are unable to be successful without being married to a wealthy man. F. Scott Fitzgerald bases the character of Jordan off of an icon women aspired to be from the 1920’s known as the Flapper. A flapper was a woman who was typically careless, and went against what was expected of women during this time period. The Great Gatsby was published in 1924, right in the middle of the 1920’s. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s view on women in The Great Gatsby was mostly negative, describing all 3 of the main female characters in the story in a bad light. In the 1920’s one of the biggest icons for women was called the flapper. The flapper was a woman who was known for having bobbed hair, wearing short skirts, listening to Jazz music, smoking, wearing excessive amounts of makeup and drinking. A flapper was everything that a woman wasn't ‘supposed to be’ during the 1920’s, Jordan has done a lot of things that point to her being stereotyped as a flapper. Jordan doesn’t seem to be aware of how her…show more content…
Daisy wanted to wait to marry Jay Gatsby but ended up marrying Tom Buchanan instead, the same man who was having an affair with Myrtle. Daisy got all of her wealth and popularity from Tom, not being able to make herself successful as she was told she needed a man in her life. Daisy was an incredibly materialistic woman, as she only used Tom for his Well. F. Scott Fitzgerald described her character as being very shallow, arrogant, and quite selfish. Which also implies that he believes women are self-important and only care about money, instead of caring about their actions. Daisy was so desperate to find a wealthy man to have in her life, that she stopped waiting for the person who she genuinely loved. She decided to marry somebody who she didn't actually care about, simply because he was wealthy and Gatsby was not around
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