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…show more content…
In the beginning of the novel, Daisy is portrayed as a well-liked character embodying purity in an otherwise corrupt and malicious environment. She is first illustrated and introduced to be on “…an enormous couch…buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon, [dressed] in white. [Her dress] was rippling and fluttering as if [she] had just been blown back in, after a short flight around the house” (Fitzgerald 8). This image of her looking so peacefully relaxed in East Egg New York, in a red and white Gregorian Colonial Mansion that overlooks the bay, paints Daisy in a beautiful scenario. It makes her appear as an angel like figure embellishing that she represents all that is good in a corrupt society. Relating Daisy to innocence is a deception of what she truly symbolizes and craves. Daisy constantly wears white to mask the fact that wealth is an essential part of her life that she wishes would grow. Daisy has an ongoing extreme attachment to materialistic goods clearly shown when “[Gatsby] took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them one by one…shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel lost their folds as they fell and covered the table. Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily” (92). She regrets not canceling the wedding between her and Tom because she sees how wealthy Gatsby is
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