Female Characters In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, takes place in the summer of 1922 during a time when women were venturing out into unknown territory. Women were given the right to vote and were taking more leadership positions that men had previously dominated. However, this was also a time when women were still placed in a domestic role where men had the overriding decisions and looked down on women who showed strength in these new opportunities. After the war, Fitzgerald recognized that women had become an economic power, and he connects this with the changing status of an emancipated woman. In the process of writing, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald acknowledged, however, that the women characters in his novel were subordinate. Fitzgerald uses three major female characters: Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Myrtle Wilson to portray the new social and sexual freedoms appreciated by women (Strba 41). Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle represent three similar but different young women who, even though they are supposedly not the “main” characters, direct the theme and significance of events. Daisy Buchanan is a young woman who comes from…show more content…
Women were not thought of as independent, thinking creatures who contributed to the greater good of society. Instead they were relegated to the role of domesticated objects to be used as men pleased. Daisy and Myrtle are prime examples of this because they live in a shallow world where only material possessions are important, and the means justifies the end in order to obtain or retain those possessions (possessions that are provided by men). Jordan is not the traditional woman, however she still exhibits the same shallow characteristics. The novel suggests that Fitzgerald was aware of changes in women’s role, in the post-war period, but viewed them with mixed feelings. He uses the female characters to show the role that men played during the
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