Life of women in the 1920’s
Life in 1920’s changed for the whole American population, but it had changed greatly for the women. Before the roaring twenties, women only had the job of taking care the children and the household. As portrayed in The Great Gatsby, life for women changed in their fashion, independence, and family life in the 1920’s. Fashion during the 1920’s was a big change in the fashion industry. At a party at Gatsby house, Nick said, “ Mrs. Wilson had changed her costume some time before, and now was attired in an elaborate afternoon dress continual rustle as she swept about the room” (Fitzgerald, 30). As Nick said women were constantly changing their attire to something more elaborate then it already was. According to Bhuyan, popular fabrics were chiffon, taffeta, satin, velvet and brocade (Buzzle.). For instance, the new ideal women were the flappers. According to Katie Phizackerley, “The term flapper in the 1920s referred to a “new breed: of young women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair and listened to the new jazz music.” The women’s fashion of the 1920’s drastically also changed how women sought their independence. Additionally, the independence of women started to seek its peek. Daisy was talking to Jordan and she said, “What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon? Cried Daisy, and the day after that, and the next thirty years” (Fitzgerald, 113). This quotation shows that women were starting to wonder what they were going to do with their lives and not just sit around all day. Women started to misbehave themselves at parties also, showing that had no self-control or respect. Nick exclaimed, “Suddenly one of these gypsies, in trembling opal, seizes a cocktail out of the air, dumps it down for courage and, moving her hands like Frisco, dances out alone on the canvas platform” (Fitzgerald 41). As Nick explained in this quote, he was showing the women start to lose control and self-respect, also started to dance wildly. Lastly, Nick...
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