Women In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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The era of 1920s is known for flapper dresses, extravagant lifestyles, and reformation of women. Before this time, women were treated as property and did not have their own voices in politics and their personal lives. With the start of the 20th century, women yearned for a change. They wore shorter dresses, became more reckless, and took control of their lives. F. Scott Fitzgerald was a renowned author during the 1920s who provided commentary about the changes of women. In his works The Great Gatsby, “Winter Dreams”, and “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”, Fitzgerald shows how women 's attempts to gain independence during the 20th century initially fail due to society 's construction. Majority of the drama that occurs in The Great Gatsby is due to one of the main characters, Daisy Buchanan. She is the distant cousin of the narrator, Nick Carraway and married to the controlling Tom Buchanan. In the beginning of the novel, Daisy is seen as rich “arm-candy” to her husband, Tom Buchanan and has no voice. The distinction between man and woman is shown in the first pages when Nick states, “I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanans”…show more content…
Marjorie shows Bernice the beginning steps to being more independent, through harsh, but effective advice. Bernice’s dull life and outlook on it is changed when Marjorie informs her, “‘What a blow it must be when a man with imagination marries the beautiful bundle clothes that he 's been building ideals round, and finds that she 's just a weak, whining, cowardly mass of affectations!’” (Fitzgerald, “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” 5). Marjorie wants Bernice to become an interesting person who does not live for the chance to please a man. When Bernice asks her cousin, “‘Don 't I dance all right?’ Marjorie responds, ‘No you don 't-- you lean on a man; yes you do-- ever so slightly” (Fitzgerald, “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” 6). Marjorie’s reaction shows that she wants Bernice to be independent and not have to rely on a man, even for a simple task as
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