Essay on How Women Are Portrayed in the Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, and it gives us an insight into the gender roles of past WW1 America. Throughout the novel, women are portrayed in a very negative light. The author’s presentation of women is unflattering and unsympathetic. The women are not described with depth. When given their description, Fitzgerald appeals to their voice, “ she had a voice full of money”, their looks “her face was lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes, and a bright passionate mouth”, and the way in which they behave, “ ’They’re such beautiful shirts’ she sobbed”, rather than their feelings or emotions, for example, Daisy is incapable of genuine affection, however she is aimlessly flirtatious. In the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald presents all …show more content…
Daisy misleads Gatsby in thinking she is going to escape with him and leave everything behind even though she has no real intention of doing so. Her middle name Fay means “fairy” which epitomizes her carefree, ethereal manner, as well as envisaging a flitting personality, which ties into her lack of loyalty. Ann Massa cites, “Daisy’s lack of depth and passion leads her to flinch from the real emotion and profound inner vitality which Gatsby’s life style struggles to express.” She does not deal with the aftermath of her affair with Gatsby; she did not attend his funeral, abandoning him in his death, and left Nick to “clean up the mess she had made. ” She also says to Gatsby, “I’d like to get you in one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push you around.” This suggests that she wants to escape with Gatsby, without confronting Tom with their affair. Daisy’s presented with the inability to take responsibilities for her actions, and this leads to the mistrust Fitzgerald reflects throughout the novel. Like Jordan, Daisy is a careless character, as the accident with Myrtle shows. She is careless because she had been born into wealth and she had an endless resource of men who continually spoil her. However in spite of all her faults, Fitzgerald presents her with ingenuity as she is clearly cynical about the position she is in, and this is epitomized when she comments “the best thing a girl
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