What Is The Role Of Women In The Great Gatsby

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Throughout the years, women have tried to break free from the stereotype of being less than a man. It is understandable that it has been incredibly hard to break this stigma since this standard was established centuries ago. Throughout history, the common role of a woman was to sit at home, cook, clean take care of the kids. In 1925, during the time that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby, that standard was not any different. Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson were portrayed as oblivious women who would do anything for a man. It was perceived as outrageous when Jordan Baker did the complete opposite. She is considered a modern woman who does what she wants to get what she wants. Even though Jordan separated herself from what was…show more content…
In society, women have always been objectified. In The Great Gatsby, women were only known for their beauty. Even though it is not a bad thing to be beautiful, but a woman should be known for more than that. The men in the book and movie sort of treated women however they wanted. For example, Tom had absolutely no respect for Daisy when he was cheating on her. Daisy was just something that looked good on Tom’s arm when they went out to fancy places. Women were portrayed as oblivious and always at a man’s disposal. Since that was the societal standard of a woman, Daisy soon begins to believe it. She even wanted what society wanted for her daughter when saying, “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.” Women were seen as fools and absolutely nothing more than that. It is seen as a good thing to be portrayed as a fool but only if you are beautiful. Beauty was seen as the most important thing that a woman can obtain. Standards are something that can be very hard to break, so that is sometimes the only thing that you can work towards. In The Great Gatsby, a woman's priorities were never definite. Indecisiveness seemed to be the only way to go. Daisy was always going back and forth between Tom and Gatsby, not being able to make a concrete decision. In the movie, it was easy to see how much stress this was causing Daisy. Security is seen as Daisy’s main priority. Even
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