Fshore Pirate By Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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In Scott Fitzgerald 's short story, "The Offshore Pirate", he introduces the reader to the "larger than life" persona of Ms. Ardita Farnam. From turning a lemon into an object more risqué than a burlesque dancer at a speakeasy to heaving a novel at her uncle for urging her to conform to traditional Victorian mannerisms, Ms. Farnam, or should I say Ardita, appears to be a perfect example of what I define as an aristocratic product of rebellion in the 1920s, but I am not convinced that Ardita is what a historicist would refer to as a flapper. By definition, a flapper was a woman that openly rejected traditional societal norms in the 1920 's to grasp more from life than what was offered to their Victorian predecessors. From my understanding, flappers were women that fought against traditional expectations to destroy the hypocritical double-standard placed on women by the male dominated society. These women strived to attain equality through challenging the social norms that separated the rights of males and females. From my analysis, Ardita 's expectations of life are much higher than that of a flapper, although she would like an outsider to think otherwise. While Ardita 's character is reckless, promiscuous, and liberalized, she does not act in this manner to justify women 's equality or fight for women 's rights. Instead, I claim that Ardita 's rebellion is fueled by two main flaws that appeared frequently in the aristocratic youth of the 20 's, which are teenage angst and

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