During the Roaring Twenties, the role of women in society took on new forms and pushed unprecedented boundaries. Women were more independent as well as promiscuous. Jordan Baker’s maleness in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby depicts the changing woman in the 1920’s. Fitzgerald blends the strong individualistic woman of the twenties with her feminine counterpart through his character, Jordan Baker. Jordan, an unmarried professional golf player, is assertively independent and seems rather masculine in contrast to Daisy Buchanan, her “girlie,” character foil. As the novel continues, Jordan’s “maleness” fuses with the conventional womanly characteristics of her time. The first time Nick meets Jordan, she sits “completely motionless with her chin raised a little.” (p.8) She is not at all fazed by Nick’s presence. She remains solely interested in golf and does not participate in the other conversations around her. The male-like behavior in this scene contrasts with Daisy’s lively, energetic, and stereotypically feminine manner. Nick notes, “Daisy’s murmur was only to make people lean toward her.” This seductive feminine quality contrasts to Jordan’s more masculine refrain, when Nick observes that Tom and Jordan have several feet of twilight between them. The first references to Jordan in this chapter juxtapose Daisy’s feminine etiquette with Jordan’s masculinity that continues throughout the novel. Later in this chapter, Nick describes Jordan as “A slender small breasted girl, with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet.” This manly physical description highlights Jordan’s confidence and independence. She is not dependent upon the will of another. Later, Daisy “turned to Miss Baker for confirmation” (14). Daisy needs a male figure to validate her while Jordan makes her own decisions. Daisy later reads to Tom from The Saturday Evening Post. This gender role reversal again highlights Jordan’s
The 1920’s was a time of great growth for women in America. Women began to have short haircuts, wear shorter dresses, and smoke cigarettes. These were practically unheard of in the years before for women. They were liberated and installed with a sense of confidence, especially from their newfound suffrage. This also brought along criticism towards the new woman of the 1920s. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the female characters Jordan, Myrtle, and Daisy are seen in a negative way through….
The characters in The Great Gatsby are round, especially Jordan Baker. Jordan Baker, a major influence on the novel was not only well described and complex, but also unwavering when it came to what she liked the most: golf, she would go to sleep early so that she could properly rest the night before the tournament. “’Ten O’clock,’ she remarked apparently finding the time on the ceiling. ‘Time for this good girl to go to bed’. ‘Jordan is going to play in the tournament to-morrow,’ explained Daisy….
The mysterious, independent and cynical Jordan Baker, known for lying through her teeth. Jordan has no problem lying especially if it gets her out of trouble. She lies about things she doesn't even need to lie about, for example, when her and Nick went to a house party, “she left a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down, and then lied about it” (Fitzgerald 62). Lying about something as little as leaving a car out in the rain shows in and of itself how dishonest of a person she is. Distinctly….
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….
Jordan Baker can be looked at as a symbol much in relation to what Gatsby is like. She “cheated” to be who she was, and so did Gatsby himself. Believe it or not, this demonstrates a lot about Nick as well, and that may come off to readers as one of her purposes. Beginning early on, Nick comes off as a considerably likable character. However, if you analyze his desire to befriend Gatsby, and to be involved with Jordan Baker, who is also dishonest, you start getting a sense that his interior character….
Throughout The Great Gatsby, the main three female characters are presented to be Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Myrtle Wilson; although these women have different qualities and in some ways different lives, they could be seen to all conform to the patriarchal norms of society at the time with the men with which they interact and fall in love, or lust, in one way or another, for each different part of society they live in. In the novel there are, however, exceptions to this.
Daisy and Jordan Baker are both….
MONOLOGUE: JORDAN BAKER
What? You got something you want to say to me too? Yea, well get in line, there’s a lot of people trying to get a word in. I mean, who do they think they are to judge me? The world made me dishonest not the other way around. Do they really think that I fancy cheating my way through life? I don’t wish to be this way but is there any other way I can survive in this society? I live in the public eye. I have to take more care than the rest of them to protect my image,….
How is Jordan presented in The Great Gatsby?
Jordan is used to represent change and the new and independent ‘modern woman’ of the time. Although she adopts the common flapper physique of American women in the 20s, “slender, small breasted girl” she is somewhat different to the other women in the book. While Daisy personifies the superficial and materialistic woman of the time and Myrtle portrays a working class woman seeking a higher position in society, Jordan depicts a more rebellious modern….
* Jordan Baker was portrayed as being reckless and dishonest, having the arrogant attitude of many of the people of her time, but also having the characteristics of modern-day women. arrogant attitude. first starts conversation with Nick. "You live in the West Egg,' she remarked contemptuously" Jordan is obviously looking down upon Nick because he lives in the West Egg which is for the so-called "new money." The same day, Jordan gives a remark that makes the reader infer that Jordan is too good to….
The three women in The Great Gatsby show incredible significance and striking contrast.The female roles influence the novel through their unique personalities, how men acknowledgethem, and through their day-to-day lives. The three women, Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle, impactthe novel so greatly that without them, it simply would not be the same. Their personalitiesportray individuality, the way men treat them is far more different than present-day, and theirparticular day-today lives show their motives….