The portrayal of women in The Great Gatsby Essay
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The portrayal of women in The Great Gatsby
Since the concept of society exists, women have been classified differently from men. Women have always been the "weak sex", which is meant to obey and please men. This has changed and now there is a relative equality between sexes, but surprisingly, the image of women only started to change significantly in the last 100 years, and even in this century discrimination still takes place. In the 1930's society had still a very primitive view of women, even if they had acquired rights such as the right to vote, this had just occurred in the 1920's. Most men still had the thought that women should only stay home and raise children, that they should not be involved in politics, and their…show more content…
Tom manipulates her easily, and she tolerates his verbal and physical abuse, "Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand" pg 35 just for the thought that she will be better seen by others if she is with him. She is the perfect example of how men constantly use women without them realizing they are being used. Jordan Baker is only interested on achieving what people expect from her, and in protecting the image that she is supposed to have. She is not portrayed as naïve or unintelligent, but with a rather strong personality, and careless manners, but despite this she has an unimportant role in the story.
These three women, have very stereotypical characters, not too complex personalities, and defined characteristics. They are very different from each other but at the same time they share 3 main characteristics that can bee seen throughout the book The first one is materialism,
Jordan, Daisy and Myrtle all care too much about their image on society, their material possessions, and are not true to their own feelings, they have an idea of how they should behave, and even think, and they try to stick loyal to this idea they have created of themselves. If we take Daisy as an example, she talks about her daughter and says" I'm glad she's a girl, and I hope she'll be a fool, that's the
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The deep-seated conservative quietism that circumscribed Fitzgerald's temperament, for all his vaunted brawls and flamboyant public misdemeanors, takes also one other and subtler form of nostalgia and retreat than those proclaimed in his nostrums: one evident in his presentation of women. We have seen that Fitzgerald's metaphysics of defeat stipulates high political gloom; and, despite some sharp ambivalence toward the elite, we shall see that his perspective on the underclass is marked by a fearful alienation. In these tense conditions, Fitzgerald opts (one might say opts out) for the solace of a purely individualist gratification.
Although at one level the "fast" life of his heady,…show more content…
. . Palmetto, who killed himself by jumping in front of a subway train in Times Square,"and so on (Gatsby 61-3). Following his education from the "pioneer debauchee" Cody, Gatsby feels instinctively that he can preserve his dreams only if he flees community, perserving his immaculate disengagement: "Gatsby saw that the blocks of the sidewalks really formed a ladder and mounted to a secret place above the trees — he could climb to it, if he climbed alone" (112).
When, however, he weds his visions to Daisy's perishable breath, his quest for a trophy-wife, a clinching credential of wealth and glamour attained, reveals a perspective on the feminine that pervades the novel. "It excited him . . . that many men had already loved Daisy — it increased her value in his eyes" (148). "It's a man's book," Fitzgerald later admitted (quoted in Bruccoli 250), and the construction of Daisy precisely as the glittering prize awarded the sharpest sword dominates her characterization: gleaming like silver, her voice full of money, excitingly redolent "of this year's shining motor-cars and of dances whose flowers were scarcely withered" (Gatsby 148).
An exquisite object of male consumption, Daisy has internalized male values. Weeping that her baby is a girl, Daisy is dependent on men to make her key decisions for her (133, 151): secure in and yet remote from male ownership and ardor, "making only a polite, pleasant effort to entertain or to be entertained" (12-13), she