Vitality of a Woman:
An Analysis of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
No two people are the same in the world we live. Some are different shapes and sizes; others maintain a narrow minded perspective. There are many things that differentiate human beings from one other, but Jordan Baker stands out the most. She a major character throughout the novel, and contributes to the story in the highest degree. She embodies the shallowness and arrogance of people during the 1920’s. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, Jordan Baker portrays her showy and arrogant attitude through several incidents, and gives the reader a visual of the life of people during the 1920’s. Fitzgerald uses every tool at his disposal to bring the character of Jordan to life, and to show her flamboyant and arrogant personality. He uses certain words and literary phrases that give the reader a true visual of what Jordan is like in the novel. The first time we meet Jordan, Nick describes her physical physique very carefully, “she was a slender, small-breasted girl, with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet. “Her gray sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite reciprocal curiosity out of a wan, charming, discontented face” (11). Fitzgerald uses several sophisticated words in this passage that enhance the visual it gives to the reader. Jordan again shows her arrogant attitude by refusing a cocktail from Daisy because she is “absolutely in training” (10). Her arrogance is again showed when talking to Nick, “you live in West Egg,’ she said contemptuously”, this passage is worded the way it is to show Jordan’s view upon Nick’s living arrangements, which are obviously frowned upon (11). Further into the novel, readers will begin to see Jordan’s opinion of herself and how conceited she truly is. While attending one of Gatsby’s many lavish parties, she states she...