What Do You Think About the View That There Are No Women in ‘the Great Gatsby’ with Whom the Reader Can Sympathise?

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What do you think about the view that there are no women in ‘The Great Gatsby’ with whom the reader can sympathise? I believe that Fitzgerald constructs characters such as: Myrtle Wilson, Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker which manipulates the reader to perceive these women as sinful, lustful and provocative. However, Fitzgerald may have done this due to the radiant times of the ‘Jazz Age’ (Roaring Twenties). Although, throughout the novel the reader is able to notice that everyone is superficial and pretentious snobs due to the power of money. Furthermore, there is a clear obsession with materialism and the perception of your class as seen right the way through ‘The Great Gatsby’. In the 1920s, the perception of the American Dream was…show more content…
Although, the reader may sympathise with her as she is trapped in ‘lower’ class and she is trying to escape thus, showing the ‘American Dream’. Following her dream causes her to realise her true value as in Chapter 2, she is no more than one of Toms’ sexual “sprees” in which he abandon upon mere choice. Further sympathy can be given to Myrtle in the action packed scene where “in a short deft movement . . . with [Toms’] open hand” he breaks Myrtles nose. Hence, disfiguring the one real advantage she has; her physical attractiveness. As a result of this, sympathy is given as it shows the harsh reality of a patriarchal society which took place in the 1920s’. Fitzgerald is able to depict Jordan as the most emancipated woman in the novel of ‘The Great Gatsby’ in comparison to Daisy & Myrtle. This is shown as “she wore her evening dress, all her dresses, like sports clothes” informing the reader that she isn’t very ladylike. Also, that she plays sports which were male dominated in the patriarchal society. Furthermore, I know that there will be a large amount of compassion given to Jordan as “her only family was her aunt” thus, showing the difficulty through which she had to go through in order to be noticed in the 1920s’ male dominated culture. Although, she had moved her golf ball in order ensure

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