This sexism is portrayed through Daisy’s thoughts about her daughter, “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 17). During this time, men are better than women in the “financial” area; that is why Daisy hopes that with her daughter’s beauty will help her find a man who will be able to support her financially. Daisy also hopes that her daughter will be dumb enough -- “a fool” -- so that this sexism and its’ limitation won’t bother her. In relation to today, most immigrants that come into America end up with very little power and rights, just like women in the
Dexter and Gatsby both share similar traits and personality throughout both stories.“The little girl who had done this was eleven-beautifully ugly as little girls are apt to be who are destined after a few years to be inexpressibly lovely and bring no end of misery to a great number of men. The spark, however, was perceptible.”(Winter Dreams).“The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime, and because it seemed romantic to me I have remembered the incident ever since. His name was Jay Gatsby and I didn’t lay eyes on him again for over four years.”(The Great Gatsby). Dexter and Gatsby both share a past with their true loves. Dexter met his true love when she was eleven years old at a golf course he was working at and Gatsby met his true love during World War 1.
Margarita Carretero and Maria Elena Rodriguez state in their article: “Wicked Women: The Menace Lurking Behind Female Independence” that “fairy tales are probably the narratives which better express classic conflicts between women” (202). Reiterating that first notion of physical attractiveness being a girl’s most promising asset to secure a marriage, and as a result, a position, the fact that a marriage prospect often plants the seed of jealousy among women in fairy tales comes as no surprise at all (Carretero and Rodriguez 203). For instance, in “Cinderella,” the wicked stepsisters, clearly jealous of the maiden’s superior beauty, strip her of her pretty clothes, dress her in rags, and force her to do the housework (Lieberman qtd. Grimm 392). Disney’s Cinderella also has quite a similar jarring scene in which the stepsisters rip off the dress from Cinderella’s body in order to impede her going to the ball.
An example of this is that the main characters both fell in love just when they needed it most. Both girls’ relationships were very similar yet very different at the same time. Carley fell in love with John after they met at a party. She sticks post it notes on everyone’s back with a stereotypical label. Some include nerd, jerk, stupid, pretty, nice and more.
In “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, Jing-mei discovers herself though rebellion. As the daughter of an immigrant, she feels pressured by her mother to follow the American dream by being a child prodigy. However, as she fails at task after task, Jing-mei’s hopeful attitude shifts. Abandoning her positivity, she determines to underperform at everything she attempts. Jing-mei evolves from an optimistic girl to a spiteful rebel as a defense mechanism against her mother’s pressure, carrying her rebellious identity until she reaches peace later in adulthood.
Edwin Fussell in his essay “Fitzgerald’s Brave New World” interprets the novel based on the “connection between Gatsby’s individual tragedy and the tragedy of American civilization” (48). Gatsby pursues a dream which not only destroys his fantasies but a glamorous world he recreated by amassing wealth through boot
Even though Charlotte was not the most beautiful woman, she found abundant success in her talents. The Victorian era placed a woman’s value in how much money and beauty she possessed. In Charlotte Bronte’s coming of age novel, Jane Eyre, outward beauty deceives as it ironically represents a true evil in oneself. The beautiful Reed family, who resides in Gateshead, has cruel hearts as they boast about their luxuries as they deny them to their “outsider” blood. Even though Mrs. Reed promised her deceased husband that she would care for Jane as if she was one of her own children, Mrs. Reed encourages everyone in the house to never hesitate to tell Jane that she is a failure in everything she does.
He loved her so much that when she failed to return the love back, it sent him into a deep and troubling depression. This depression was only broken by sneaking into a Capulet ball, only to meet the stunning daughter of Capulet, Juliet. He once again fell for Juliet for her good looks saying
In most of his stories he focuses on the American Dream, mostly the failure of it. He is known for writing about a poor boy who falls in love with a rich girl and will do anything to be with her. “Winter Dreams” is about a man, who falls for a rich and snobby girl and struggles to keep her by his side. Fitzgerald uses characterization to develop and showcase what the characters are like. The author uses symbols to reference the story to further connect
The actually “successful” people – successful in that at least they survive – (the Buchanans, Nick, and Jordan) are all old money; while those who fail (Gatsby, Myrtle, and George) are the strivers. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrayed the American Dream as a brutal reality of people’s life and shows the condition of the society where people were lost because of the influences of the Great War. Corruption, brutality, and another structure of the society was a riddle for them to cope