Strict Gender Roles In The Great Gatsby And The Awakening

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"They should monitor things that can hurt national security. Both The Great Gatsby and The Awakening reflect the strict gender roles present in the time periods of which these books were written in. In these books, women are expected to fulfill the roles of mother and wife. Daisy, the female protagonist of The Great Gatsby, and Edna, that of The Awakening, express distaste for as well as feelings of oppression due to these gender roles of their society. When speaking about her daughter, Daisy 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.’” and when talking about life, Edna says, “‘...it is better to wake up after all even to suffer, rather …show more content…

A portion of this song goes, “Imagine me and you, I do/I think about you day and night, it’s only right/To think about the girl you love and hold her tight/So happy together” Gatsby was so in love and infatuated with Daisy that he went through all these measures such as having a large amount of flowers delivered to Nick’s house and having Nick’s grass cut to make sure that everything was perfect for when he met Daisy again for the first time in 5 years. Gatsby even bought a mansion across the bay from Daisy’s house hoping that one day she would attend one of his parties and he would get his chance to see her again. Although, after so many years she hasn’t gone to one of his parties yet he still thought about her and loved her. Another part of the song goes, “And you say you belong to me and ease my mind” This lyric reminds me of when Gatsby was trying to urge Daisy to tell her husband, Tom, that she never loved him. Gatsby said, “‘Just tell him the truth, that you never loved him, and it’s all wiped out forever.”’ Gatsby wanted to know that Daisy wanted to be with him and he became ecstatic when Daisy told Gatsby that she loved

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