The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The 1920s was a notorious decade in which patriarchal ideas drove the society while impacting the values of individuals across America. With limited rights for women, feminist ideas were rare, an idea that spread across-country. However, there was a new image of females emerging in the ‘20s, being the image of the flapper, someone who was free to go out and enjoy nightlife as they wished. The division in social structure was that of men being at the pinnacle of society, while women were expected to be the “perfect” wife. In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the story of a Long Island man, Nick Carraway, who is also the narrator, and his interactions with an extremely wealthy man, Jay Gatsby, who has aspirations to…show more content…
In Chapter 1, Daisy says, “[The nurse] 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 - the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool '” (Fitzgerald 21). Due to the fact that Tom and Daisy were at the top of the social hierarchy, shown with their extravagance and residence on East Egg, Daisy most likely believes that women do not have to work towards gender equality as she seems happy with her life with Tom. With this statement, Daisy herself even shows how she understands that women are considered to be far inferior to men, and that women should just accept this notion. Additionally, Daisy seems a bit scared to leave Tom, even though she knows that he is cheating on her. “Gatsby’s splendid dreams, like Daisy’s tentative attempt to create a new and independent self, are no match for the reality of Tom’s aggression” (Kerr 421). Frances Kerr, a professor at Duke University, is able to relay the extent of Tom’s influence over Daisy, and how helpless she truly makes herself appear. Again, Tom’s superiority felt, in part due to his surroundings on East Egg, is imparted onto Daisy rendering her to be powerless. Daisy rarely ever questions Tom’s actions, although he is a less than mediocre husband. Although Daisy Buchanan falls into the traditionalist
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