The Great Gatsby Patriarchy Character Analysis

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Throughout The Great Gatsby we’re introduced to strong female characters that don’t perfectly fit into their position the patriarchy has ascribed to them. Instead, they seem to display a sense of defiance, especially directed towards the men around them leading to a sense of independence and power. Daisy appears to do this as well, possibly representing the new woman that was emerging during the Roaring 20s’s. Although Daisy breaks away from established gender roles, a key part of the patriarchy, social status remains a determining factor in her sexual relationships. Thus, Daisy seems to become uninterested in the patriarchal gender roles assigned to men only turn her focus on men’s wealth and social status. Because Daisy begins to represent the new woman, but fails to escape the patriarchy, she acts as a critique to the existence of an ideal version of a new woman, and represents the idea that the new woman is just a newer, greedier version of the traditional patriarchal woman.
Daisy is the very first female character that we’re introduced to that displays a movement away from traditional gender roles when she critiques the strength of her husband, Tom. This is a deviation from both the male and the female gender role currently established in their society. “‘Look!’ she complained; ‘I hurt it.’ We all looked-the knuckle was black and blue.” In this first part of the scene, Daisy still acts as a traditional female by claiming that her injury was her own fault. This gives us

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