Daisy's Treatment Of Women In The Great Gatsby

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Furthermore, in both novels the narrative voice of the female protagonist is limited, therefore their personal view of love and their relationships is rarely heard. In ‘ The Great Gatsby’ Daisy is characterised as childlike, naive and passive, conforming to the role of a typical 1920s woman who were not expected to be as free as men, or to be loud and outspoken. Fitzgerald acknowledged that “the book contains no important woman character”. This is highlighted in the novel where it could be argued that Daisy remains with Tom due to his high social standing, and the security it brings her, due to her lack of opportunities as a woman . This is further depicted through Daisy’s characterisation as Fitzgerald uses childlike lexis to describe Daisy’s “eyes fastening with an awed expression on her little finger”,…show more content…
Furthermore, much like a child she is unable to make decisions for herself, as demonstrated by her choosing Tom over Jay due to pressure from both society and her family. However an alternate reading could be that Daisy did choose to remain in a romantic relationship with Tom because she genuinely loved him, rather than idealism that society had associated with her marriage. But Nick’s failure to give the women characters a voice is a reflection on the treatment of women in the 1920s , and ultimately women did not have a choice, thus implying then men and women were unequal in relationships, and Daisy needed an affluent partner such as Tom Buchanan. Despite this childlike portrayal, Daisy is also a complex, hard-to-read character, and the reader is left to assume about her feelings towards Jay and Tom, through Nicks limited narration, as like many men during the 1920’s, he did not understand women. This idea is supported by critic Scott Donaldson who wrote that Nick “dodges emotional
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