Contrary to society's belief that women are just care takers and that women should partake in the same activities as men, the women in the Great Gatsby seem to defy these beliefs and take on an even bigger role in the book than the men. These women in the book partake in activities that only men were seen to do. "I'm not a feminist-I think women should be able to stay at home and raise children if they want to!,"(Feminist Criticism, pg1). This quote basically states that women should be able to stay at home, but also have the options to do other things. They partake in activities such as partying and dancing, rather than stay at home and do what society says is womanly. They also play a large role in the development of the plot of the book. All together women are seen as significant figures in the book and have taken on a non traditional role.
Jordan, defines these ideals the best and is a unique character that follows no guidelines. Jordan stands out amongst all the other characters portrayed in the book. She is a professional golfer who partakes in many of the same activities as the men. Her character also doesn't really match the characteristics of a regular women. Unlike daisy who is this fluttering and giggling outgoing women who is really outgoing, Jordan is this secretive deceitful character who we do not know much about. "At any rate, Miss Baker's lips fluttered, she nodded at me almost imperceptibly, and then quickly tipped her head back again—the object she was balancing had obviously tottered a little and given her something of a fright. Again a sort of apology arose to my lips. Almost any exhibition of complete self-sufficiency draws a stunned tribute from me,"(Gatsby, pg. 9). This quote was spoken by Nick who describes Jordan and how she is able to draw a different character from him. She has been described as a cheat in life by Nick Carraway who is known as being quite truthful in his judgments. She is also known for spreading rumors and...
Cited: Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print. (Gatsby)
Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today a User-Friendly Guide, Second Edition.. 2nd ed. Hoboken: Routledge, 2006. Print. (Feminist Criticism)
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