The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Post World War I, during the Roaring Twenties, women in The Great Gatsby such as Daisy, Myrtle, and Jordan, display the new ideology of women while attempting to reach the American Dream. Women embody the new flapper era and are expected to work for their own money and gain more independence after earning the right to vote. Flappers were seen as significant figures during the Roaring Twenties, as they helped define a new generation for young women who are trying to achieve the American Dream, “[Flappers] were also seen by many as the ideal young woman and was described by author F. Scott Fitzgerald as ‘lovely, expensive and about nineteen’”(Sauro 88). While all three of these women come from different backgrounds, they all yearn for the same thing: status, money, and power. Jordan Baker, Myrtle Wilson, and Daisy Buchanan all represent different portions of the American dream. Jordan Baker represents how women become independent and attain the ability to be successful on their own through the American Dream. Jordan challenges the gender role for women, and gains fame and money through professional golfing, which allows her to remain individualistic and unmarried. Jordan and Daisy have been close friends since childhood. Jordan can be described as boyish, cynical and insolent, and she worked hard for her money, unlike Daisy. Jordan is introduced to Nick Carraway when they meet at Nick 's cousin Daisy’s home. Nick 's first observations regarding Jordan was “completely
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