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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Recognizable for looser moral behavior, the flapper wore revealing clothing desiring a body type focused on androgyny and cut her hair into a short style framing the face. Typically found in urban areas and practiced by “young, single women,” the flapper forcibly distorted the divisions “between working class and middle class femininity,” yet this was not a purposeful social cause such as what led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. Concerned mostly with individual actions and rebellions, the flapper stayed “oblivious to the problems” of the 1920 and was not a “political identity” at all but rather a youth movement that did not include or consider the feminists of the previous decade that pushed for female suffrage; in fact not equate their “femininity with gender equality” in American society. As the Great Depression hit, however, the behavior of men and women changed drastically. This economic downturn led to a return to traditional forms of femininity with the safety of marriage, and though criticized under the eyes of “revolutionaries,” remained the unshakeable basis for American society until the 1960s.
The Great Gatsby is a story told by Nick Carraway, who lived in the Midwest and moved to New York to learn the bond business. He lives in a little home next to Gatsby’s enormous house in a place called East Egg. On that same day, Nick payed a visit at his cousin's house, Daisy Buchanan on the West Egg side, he met Tom Buchanan (her husband), and Jordan Baker. Jordan and Daisy convinced Nick to stay for dinner. During dinner, Tom got a phone call and Daisy went to go follow him, during that time Nick finds out that Tom has a mistress out in New York.
Joshua Zeitz, an American author and historian writes about, the contemporary woman modernizing the new decade of the twenties. Flappers were the epitome of the twenties, the pushers against social norms, and the young rambunctious women who changed the meaning of what meant to be a woman. Zeitz includes quotes from the inventor of the flapper, F.Scott Fitzgerald “‘The flapper is growing stronger than ever; she gets wilder all the time ... She is continuously seeking for something due to increased her store of experience. She still is looking for new conventions to break -for a new thrills, for sensations to add zest to life, and she is growing more and more terrible’”, (Zeitz 7).
A woman who is free-minded and independent in America, a quite magnificent feat considering where women had been just years prior to the twenties. A prior suffragette, with a history of hardships unknown to her male counterpart, the flapper is the new and improved woman of the 20th century. Prior to 1919 women were considered to be nothing more than housewives that served no purpose other than too cook and clean. While men earned an ample wage at high-end jobs in fields such as government or medicine, women “dragged [themselves] off day by day to work until someone came along and married [them]. Sometimes she was a Cinderella, but more often she graduated a household drudge,” who had to struggle to make a living at horrible, low-end jobs (Crowther).
In The Great Gatsby it is of a man of newly acquired wealth who sets forth trying to achieve an already lost dream. While in Of Mice and Men this ‘story’ is about two men who try to cure their loneliness and set forth trying to attain a simple enough dream, but let their selves waver with each struggle life passes along moving further away from the path of achieving the dream. In The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass writes about his own past and how he achieved his never ending dream. Each book is of a different story, and maybe at first glance one wouldn’t connect each book to a common matter, but as one looks deeper a single theme connects each novel. The concept of the dream is a common topic.
”(Stevenson 2). The flapper shows her boldness by not being worried about what other people think of her. She is willing to make people irritated or annoyed by this boldness, but is careful not to cross the line. Stevenson’s use of metaphors help the audience understand what the changes were like in this time
After words younger women started to rebel against the standard for women. “In a cool, glittery style that mirrors the roaring decade she delves into.” (Publisher Weekly 2013) Flappers set a new tone of normal from the older housewife lifestyle to rebellious and hard working citizen. These brave women stand against the norm and changed the world by allowing women to work at the same jobs that men work by proving themselves.
In the story of The Great Gatsby, Nick and Daisy are cousins. Nick lived by Gatsby and he knew but didn 't say nothing. Tom and Daisy are married and have a daughter. Gatsby lives in a mansion. Tom was having an affair with Myrtle Wilson ann Daisy knew something was going on .
Zhe Xie Ms. Zylka English III April 20 2016 Both The Great Gatsby and the Of Mice and Man, are novels that represents authors’ lives, John Steinbeck’s George and Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, two outwardly different characters, are disillusioned with the American Dream, but for opposite reasons. George and Gatsby are both lonely, although the life they lived are completely different from each other, one is rich the other is poor.
In the book it also says “…and verandas are gaudy with primary colors, and hair shorn in strange new ways…”. Before the twenties the women were to dress in dark colors and conduct herself in an orderly manner (lady like). Also in the twenties women starting dressing differently and had different hair cuts. Daisy is already exhibiting the rebellious behavior of the flapper woman because Daisy which was the wife of Tom Buchanan was trying to stay in the past, but then again the thing is cheated on Tom, and was intimate with Gatsby. In the book it declares that “As he left the room she got up and went over to Gatsby and pulled his face down, kissing him in the mouth.”
The origin of flappers, ideologically, were seen as being rooted in liberalism. After World War I, the flapper generally represented a disreputable woman who consistently flouted the conventions of society at the time of the 1920s. Still, despite the fact that a flapper’s conduct was at the time considered less than respectable, it still helped to redefine the role of women in society at
“She’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 17). In the novel, The Great Gatsby, this is what Daisy hopes for her daughter. Unfortunately, being a woman with a voice and a sense of freedom is reprimanded more than a beautiful little fool. Instead of blaming the female characters for their emptiness or recklessness, there is more to be said about why they act this way and how this is viewed in the perspective of men in the novel. The actions of Daisy, Jordon and Myrtle are not necessarily spiteful until it hurts or belittles the male characters.
Women are shown more liberally than ever before as the stereotypical “flapper.” The flapper was the modern woman of the day with shorter hair as well as a shorter, looser and more masculine wardrobe. The flapper also possessed a sense of independence that was not seen in women of previous generations. Poetry of the author T.S. Eliot also explores the new developing gender roles of women and men which was influenced by the changing status of women after the women’s suffrage movement and the establishment of the 19th amendment in 1920. As well as writing about the new role that women had, T.S. Eliot wrote about the new modern man.
There are so many creation myths in this world today; we now believe them to be a gift of literature--attention capturing stories like To Kill A Mockingbird or The Great Gatsby. These stories are filled with imagination and detail. Perhaps this is why we find mythology to be so interesting. However, there are multiple similarities between these stories. These similarities are called motifs; an example of a motif is a chaotic start to the world.
Fitzgerald depicts the women of the novel as deceitful, sexual beings that are naturally subordinate to men through Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle. Daisy exemplifies the naturally inferior role of women relying on the wealth of men in their lives to take care of them. When Daisy talks about her daughter she claims, “a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool”(21) establishing women’s subordinate role in which they are ignorant to the affairs of their husbands and expected to rely on their beauty to carry them through life. When Daisy is accused of infidelity with Gatsby in the hotel, Gatsby claims that Daisy is attracted to men of wealth and, “only married [Tom] because [Gatsby] was poor and she was tired of waiting for [him]”(137).