Who Is Jordan Baker Flake In The Great Gatsby

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The Roaring Fakeness of the 20’s
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, the 1920’s was seen as a luxurious, lavish time to live. Roaring parties that lasted all night broke out and women were challenging the status quo, having a fun, carefree time. In New York resided many young, rich couples, including the famously rich, Jay Gatsby. Throughout The Great Gatsby, Mr. Gatsby and many of the other characters act fake in order to convey a better image of themselves. In order to convey the convincing persona that these people so desire, they take extreme measures to flaunt their wealth such as perfecting their etiquette, fabricating a pale appearance, and overall fulfilling the stereotypical rich-man of the decade.
Jordan Baker, one of
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He leaves his family behind and when he finds Dan Cody, he develops an understanding of what he believes a rich man talk and acts like. At the first glance he seems to talk with proper etiquette, but it is shown that it is all fake when he admits he doesn’t drink. “ It was indirectly due to Cody that Gatsby drank so little. Sometimes in the course of grey parties, women used to rub champagne in into his hair…” (Fitzgerald 100) When people drink, their true selves come out and his accent and etiquette would disassemble. It is also shown when he loses his temper with Tom. When he starts yelling at him, he talks without an accent, showing that it is all an…show more content…
For example, they have big elegant houses, cars, and dress very put together. Gatsby thinks he is doing this, but many things stick out to Nick, showing him that it’s all fake. The shirts Gatsby wears are bright and colorful with his initials on the pockets. Real rich men in the twenties didn’t wear such vibrant shirts. Also, his car was described as a clown car with a banana yellow outside, and a weird shape. The average rich car would be long and skinny, but his was shorter and much wider. This was especially realised when Owl Eyes was in Gatsby's library during a party. He found that all of Gatsby's books on the top shelf were real. “Absolutely real--have pages and everything. I thought they'd be a nice durable cardboard. Matter of fact, they’re absolutely real” (Fitzgerald 45). He was so surprised because the regular rich man would fill his upper shelves with fake cardboard strips of wood that looked like books, so that they wouldn't have to waste their money on real ones. Gatsby does not know how to act like a real rich person, causing him to be prodigal with his money. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the characters continuously lie to get ahead of others. Gatsby will go to the extreme in order to create a fake persona like ordering gaudy shirts from other countries and articulating in a fictitious accent. Jordan is also a prime example of a character acting fake to get ahead because of the white
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