May 16, 2013
The Great Gatsby essay
English 3 pd. 3
In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about the Jazz age in the 1920’s in New York City. It is the story of a wealthy man by the name of Jay Gatsby, and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. During this time period was the obsession of “gin” and “sex”. Through various characters, the author conveys specific attributes of women in different levels of society. Daisy Buchanan who shows a woman’s obsession with wealth and shallowness, while Myrtle Wilson reflects the qualities of women by throwing herself at upper class men and whining to obtain materialistic goods. Jordan shows a woman’s dishonesty to get ahead in life. Through these women readers are able to develop different stereotypes and generalize the role of women during their time period.
Daisy Buchanan is the love of Jay Gatsby’s life and the wife of Tom Buchanan. She describes herself as “Sophisticated” and says the best thing a girl can be is a “beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald, pg. 17). She shows the lack of conviction and sincerity, and values material things over everything else. She believes that women are like accessories with no value and independence. The word “carless” also describes Daisy well. Daisy is the one who killed Myrtle in a car accident with Gatsby’s car. She lets Gatsby take the responsibility of Myrtle’s death with no intention to confess. As described throughout the book, she is very much wrapped up in herself. Part of this is due to the fact she has been spoiled all her life. She is born into money and dates men who continue to spoil her. So she learns to think for herself, and not to acknowledge other people’s opinions and feelings as well. Her obsession with wealth blinds her to the point that she does not see her husband’s affair with Myrtle Wilson. Daisy shows the lack of dignity and a sense of being a woman. This situation shows how women will do anything and let anything...
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