The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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As the Roaring Twenties emerge nationwide, a new sense of optimism and hopefulness begin to develop throughout all walks of life. Society is rapidly changing, and the 20’s create a time in which one believes they can create a new beginning and achieve their grand ambitions and aspirations. It was an era of liberation and many took advantage of the time to branch out and find themselves in a society that usually rejected change. Women often resisted against the social norm and eliminated their long held beliefs about proper roles for their gender. They began to embrace their sexuality by defying conventional attire and discarding the standard of how women should act in public. They began by cutting their hair into a short bob, wearing significant amounts of makeup, and hemming their skirts up to their mid-thigh. These scandalous outbreaks of women were known as flappers and they redefined a woman’s role in society. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses Daisy and Myrtle to illustrate a typical woman in the 1920’s. He differentiates their economic situation to show the readers that people want what they can’t have and though both belong to different class systems, both women face similar difficult situations and contradict the way one should handle herself in public. Fitzgerald indirectly compares both Daisy and Myrtle to convey the theme that looks can be deceiving illustrating both through the use of color symbolism and imagery. Daisy Buchanan is most…
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