Examine the different ways Fitzgerald represents men’s treatment of women in The Great Gatsby using The Catcher In The Rye to illuminate your response

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Plan for English essay- 1500 words (375 words per paragraph) -underline every time title is used.

POINT 1: Women are treated like objects
TS: Fitzgerald uses many different techniques throughout the novel to show that women are a product of their men and are objectified by society.
- Tom buys Daisy the pearl necklace before their wedding “he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars” and Myrtle a dog leash “a small, expensive dog-leash, made of leather and braided silver.”
- Tom buys Myrtle a dog (a dog is a mans servant) “here’s your money. Go and buy 10 more dogs with it”, shows worthlessness of the dogs to Tom (relevance to Myrtle).
(Other viewpoint) Giacomo and Michael “On the
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CONTEXT: Tom buying womens love- highlights the materialistic success and values of the 1920’s Jazz Age.

POINT 2: None of the women are represented positively and are mocked by men
TS: Women are mocked and perceived through negative eyes by men throughout The Great Gatsby. This is shown using a variety of methods.
- Nick mocks Daisy “as if she had said something very witty”, “this was untrue, I’m not even faintly like a rose”
- Jordan described as being manly, and her looks are “she was a slender, small-breasted girl”
- References to Jordan being a cheater “a critical, unpleasant story”, “she was incurably dishonest”. “you’re a rotten driver”.
- Womens names represent what they are;
Daisy Fay- white, pure, flower, innocence, beauty, gentleness, free from guilt.
Myrtle- common, bush, flower but not pretty, shrub, symbol of love.
Jordan Baker- name of cars, unisex name, means ‘one who descends’
-Daisy = careless liar, Jordan = a liar, builds a brick wall, Myrtle = unfaithful, a sex object.
- Nick presumes Jordan is a liar “she told me without comment that she was engaged to another man. I doubted that.”
- Daisy doesn’t care for her child and only uses her for show purposes “that’s because your mother wanted to show you off”, she uses her as a possession and something she has over Tom “She doesn’t look like her father…she looks like me.”
(Other viewpoint) Ian and Michelle McMechan conclude

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