The impact of socioeconomic status can be examined through a myriad of lenses. F. Scott Fitzgerald aims to show the relationship between socioeconomic status and power. Throughout The Great Gatsby, Tom’s character shows that socioeconomic status is equivalent to power within the novel.
F. Scott Fitzgerald has a way of applying indirect characterization into his novels in order to enhance how he would like a character to be interpreted, especially in his 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. Take for example, two major characters in the story, Nick Carraway of Minnesota who moved to New York in order to get into the bond business and Tom Buchanan a wealthy man living in East Egg with his wife Daisy. It is evident that Fitzgerald would want readers to look at Nick as an honest man and a bystander or observer of the world going on around him. On the other hand, Fitzgerald wants readers to see Tom as an arrogant, hypocritical brute with no morals whatsoever. Through dialogue and the actions of characters these traits of Nick Carraway
“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). This quote was said by Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. Throughout the novel, women are very present and Fitzgerald created mesmerising and contradicting personalities for each character to draw in the readers. During the flapper movement, many women were cutting their hair, raising the hemlines on their skirts, smoking, drinking, and even driving (Kennedy, Cohen, Bailey 745). Nevertheless, many women were still afraid to speak their minds, even if they followed the fashion and social trends. Fitzgerald embodied this by creating female characters that were bored, superficial, and lost.
As the father of modern psychology and psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud once declared, "The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul, is: 'What does a woman want?'" F. Scott Fitzgerald expounds on this question in The Great Gatsby with his three leading female characters Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle. By Fitzgerald juxtaposing these three women magnifies the similarities and differences of their societal roles, exposing that money was one of the roots of evil in the 1920s.
Anger is a common disease possessed by many humans. How people deal with anger is what makes them different. Some, the second they are confronted, act out violently. Some hold it in until they cannot possibly take anymore, then explode. Some, let other people act out for them. The Great Gatsby contains a story of two men who acted out in very different ways, all because of anger caused by unfaithfulness and murder.
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel showing how experiences influence one's behavior, as considerably as how unnecessary behavior frequently leads to misery and discontentment. Tom’s excessive behavior leads to the unhappiness of himself and the people surrounding him through his wealth, unhappiness, and his lies. Tom’s excessive problems intertwine with the lives of others, infecting whoever else directly or indirectly involved.
In the Great Gatsby Fitzgerald shows that chasing hollow dreams leads to misery through his characters, although some are wealthy, they are not truly content. The American dream not only causes corruption but also destruction. Many of the characters such as Myrtle, Gatsby and Daisy have all been corrupted and destroyed by the American Dream as well as their own. Jay Gatsby, Who the book is centered upon is someone who wants to repeat the past by regaining Daisy’s love he wants to achieve that dream with his loads of money which is meant to attract Daisy, This plan ultimately fails much like other characters such as Myrtle who wants to move out of the nothingness of the Valley of Ashes into fortune
Considering a country’s name includes “United” States, seems ironic the country is more divided and selfish than it likes to admit. In 2013 a Stanford study was conducted, psychologists put white and Asian Americans through three experiments. The three tasks given were a mental, psychical, and an opinion based activity. In the first and second study, the Stanford students were less motivated and persistent in trying when advised to work together. In the last experiment the students were asked for input on a new class to promote environmental sustainability. When the course was described to focus on interdependence “white American students predicted they would put less effort into the course and were less likely to agree that taking the course
Imagine you are living back in the 1920s, in the book known as The Great Gatsby. You are married to an extremely wealthy man, named Tom Buchanan and you live in an enormous mansion. You have a beautiful daughter, who loves you very much. When you were younger, you fell in love with a poor man, named James Gatsby, however your parents forbade you to marry him, because he was too poor for you. After he went off to war, you never heard from him again. Beauty is your most magnificent feature, and your name is Daisy Buchanan. Daisy is best defined as a golddigger, who seems sweet and innocent, but ends up being the complete opposite as the book continues. Unfortunately for Daisy, she was born into the time, where women did not have any rights.
“I hope she’ll be a fool--that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, beautiful little fool”(Fitzgerald 17). This line, stated by Daisy, accurately demonstrates the perception of women during the 1920s. Women were seen as objects and deemed incapable of intelligent thought. In The Great Gatsby, author F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays women based on similar stereotypes from this time period. Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker are all prominent female characters in the story whose behaviors and actions, although different, showcase the common desires and struggles of women at the time.
Acclaimed author Oscar Wilde once said, "Women are made to be loved, not understood". The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald epitomizes this concept. For while the star of the novel may be Jay Gatsby, it' stage women who take the stage. Although Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker are very different characters, they also share various similarities.Fitzgerald creates numerous stereotypical traits within his female characters to depict how women are perceived as shallow and unintelligent in current society.
Have you ever thought of why women love being with men who have money? In society men
As the father of modern psychology and psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud once declared, "The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul, is: 'What does a woman want?'" F. Scott Fitzgerald expounds on this question in The Great Gatsby with his three leading female characters Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle. By Fitzgerald juxtaposing these women, it magnifies the similarities and differences of their societal roles, exposing that money was one of the roots of evil in the 1920s.
Reader’s perception is one of the most essential aspects of a novel, this refers to what the audience brings to the novel and determines whether a book is transcendent. The perception can be affected by several factors such as the format, the language and the message of the novel in general. A book can be interpreted differently according to culture, ideology, and even gender. The novel, The Great Gatsby written and published by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, is faced with reader-response criticism by two different social groups; feminist, that want to achieve equal cultural and social representation for women, question the treatment the women in book receive by the men, yet view the novel as an example of the empowerment of females in during the 1920’s. Then Marxists, who analyse class relations, social conflict and social transformation, interpret the book by analysing the representation of a materialistic elite class and the struggle of the middle class to fit into their world.
The portrayal of women in the literature we have read this year has been blatantly obvious at making it known that women will do whatever it takes to get what they feel they deserve from them in their lives. In Macbeth, We Were Liars and The Great Gatsby the leading women’s manipulative nature towards men are the means by which they are able to attain power, money and status. All of these women put themselves and their selfish ambitions above their relationships, whether it be with their husband, lover or father.