What Is The Criticism Of The Great Gatsby

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Out of the three criticisms provided: psychoanalytic, marxism, and feminism, I believe that feminism best suits Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. For those that have read the book, it can be obvious on why I chose this criticism as the best fitting. The book features three female main characters from different backgrounds: Daisy Buchanan, a rich (old money) housewife, Jordan Baker, a professional golfer with a much more modern taste than that of Daisy, and Myrtle Wilson, the mistress of Tom Buchanan. These women all live in inequitable society in which women are considered inferior to men, and those that do not meet the standards are seen as “out of place”. The packet states that “It is often assumed that little girls can’t do math… In short, girls are programmed to fail… (87) females must be beautiful, sweet and young if they are to be worthy of romantic admiration…” (89). Daisy Buchanan herself confirms this when she states, while referring to her daughter, “I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool – that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (1.118). With this in mind, it can be said that, unless a woman is beautiful and accepts things the way they are, she will never be accepted in society. This idea is further shown with Daisy and Jordan, although the two are close friends and fairly high in social status, have very different values. Daisy is the materialistic, elegant, “white” wife of Tom Buchanan who chose the marriage
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