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Examples Of Jordan Baker's Attitude In The Great Gatsby

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In the Great Gatsby by F Scott. Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald uses Jordan Baker's deceitful behavior on the golf course and as well as her cynical attitude towards life, to show not only how success always comes with a price, but also the moral boundaries that people are willing to push and overlook for their own personal success. Jordan’s cynical attitude allows her to think and act differently than others. Where many people find cheating and deception utterly unacceptable, Jordan sees it as a way of life. “Jordan Baker instinctively avoided clever, shrewd men, and ... this was because she felt safer on a plane where any divergence from a code would be thought impossible” (Fitzgerald 57-58). To Jordan, this was the only means possible to keep her place. She is one of the better off people in society, as she is a well-known professional golfer living an extremely extravagant lifestyle. Jordan is unable to handle being at a disadvantage towards others or be lower than them. She wants to support her social status and wealth, and due to her cynical attitude, she sees that society is full of deceit and betrayal, and she doesn’t want to leave anything up to chance. Therefore, she believes that cheating is the only way to secure her status. Furthermore, as noted by Nick Carraway, the narrator of the book and Jordan’s love interest states that “She was incurably dishonest. She wasn’t able to endure being at a disadvantage and, given this unwillingness, I suppose she had begun dealing with
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