Similarities Between The Great Gatsby And The Flapper

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Comparison of The Great Gatsby and “A Flapper” In the novel, The Great Gatsby, and the poem, “The Flapper,” show many similarities and have many of the same messages about women and how they they acted during the ‘20s. The Great Gatsby follows the narration of Nick Carraway, a young man who moves next door to a mysterious millionaire, Mr. Gatsby. Nick soon finds out Mr. Gatsby’s secrets and gets pulled into a giant affair. In “The Flapper,” the poem describes what is like to be a flapper and how a flapper acted. This poem makes sure to highlight how women felt and why they wanted to be flappers. Both the novel and the poem talk about flappers and have similar themes, plots, and symbols about women during the ‘20s. Similar to the novel, the poem has a strong message about women and how they were thought of. Both the novel and the poem show how women acted in order to get attention and to get men to notice them. In fact, early in the novel, Daisy believes that the best thing a woman can do is show off her feminine traits and be beautiful because after her daughter is born she says: “I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 20). Daisy thinks that the best thing for a woman to be is “stupid” and beautiful because it is a man’s world and that is the only way a woman can make it. The poem also conveys this message when a flapper is dancing with a man and says: “Notice me,” was her

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