The Great Gatsby Women Analysis

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The Great Gatsby written by Scott Fitzgerald, is a fictional literary piece set in New York City and Long Island during the 1920’s. The story follows a man named Nick Carraway and his first summer in New York. Nick lives next to a man named Jay Gatsby who throws lavish parties that hold an large amount of patrons (most of whom were not invited). The novel includes “love”, betrayal, death, and money. Women in The Great Gatsby are objectified by men, seen as only having value when of use to a man, as well as the universe punishes them when they do not obey a man. The women introduced as sex objects and men are introduced through their achievements and how great their minds are. “Daisy was my second cousin once removed...her husband, among various…show more content…
When Gatsby talks about his relationship with Daisy and why he liked her so much he says “It excited him too that many men had already loved Daisy--it increased her value in his eyes” (Fitzgerald 149). Gatsby may have liked Daisy to a certain extent but when he saw other men with her he realized that if he could have her they would all be jealous and or respect him more. When Gatsby couldn’t have her he made it his goal to get her anyway he could. Gatsby in the end only wanted Daisy because she represented something he wasn’t able to obtain, like all other things in his life. This idea that having either multiple women or one that no one else could have it shown in the actions of Benny McClenahan. “Benny McClenahan arrived always with four girls. They were never quite the same ones in physical person, but they were so identical on with another” (Fitzgerald 33). This passage reinforces the idea that women have no significant value without the man they are with, also these women are referred to as girls meaning that they look “pure” and “virginal”. The more innocent the women the greater sense of accomplishment men have, this is shown with Daisy and Jay’s
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