The 1920S Were An Influential Era In American History For

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The 1920s were an influential era in American history for the development of women’s rights and ideals following World War I. The concept of the perfect housewife was being more widely rejected as women began to work outside the home, provide for themselves, and vote. It was a time in which young women could express themselves more freely than ever before. The drinking of alcohol and the smoking of cigarettes became more widely acceptable for females to do in public. Women would cut their hair short, wear revealing clothing, go out dancing in a suggestive manner, and act in more rebellious ways. In his novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses the historical context of the stereotypical “new woman” to create his female characters. Each…show more content…
She lured men into her trap, such as Tom and Gatsby, to build herself up and to achieve her lavish goals. She manipulated each of them into obeying her every command, both to get her way and to allow her to have some power in a society otherwise wholly under male control. The only pleasure she gets out of life is in living a glamorous lifestyle surrounded by wealthy people and extravagant material goods. She has come to fully rely on the life built for her by Tom, the primary male figure in her life. This is proven when she chooses to stay with him even after he cheated on her for months and after she is reunited with Gatsby, the man she may have truly loved. She fears taking the risk of leaving her comfortable, lavish lifestyle. She is painstakingly aware of the blatant sexism that she faces, and she is quite pessimistic because of it. “ She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. 'All right, ' I said, 'I 'm glad it 's a girl. And I hope she 'll be a fool – that 's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool '” (Fitzgerald, 17). Daisy is intelligent enough to realize how the society they live in values beauty far more than brains in women. She conforms to this rigid societal expectation and attempts to live the carefree, unsuspecting life of the average young woman in the 1920s and avoids confrontational issues for the most part, such as her complex history with Gatsby. Her pessimism did
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