Examples Of Female Characters In The Great Gatsby

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In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays many female characters in different ways. There are many traits that could have been used to describe the female characters in this book. Many of the female characters have good and bad traits to them. Daisy comes off as a strong person with more good qualities. Jordan to me seems to have good and bad traits, where the equal each other out. Myrtle doesn’t seem to have any good traits to her. The traits of each women are used in order to give the book a certain plot. Daisy is a strong character who has some good and some bad qualities to her. Some of Daisy’s good characteristics would be that she is strong and able to stick up to Tom, her husband, at times and that she is considered to be a …show more content…
Jordan is, “a professional golfer who is a liar and a cheat”(Wershoven 1). Her success seems to be a good quality, along with the fact that she knows what she wants and is looking for in a relationship. A bad quality of Jordan is that she is a careless and dishonest person. Jordan clearly knows what she is looking for when, “... she was engaged to another man”(Fitzgerald 177). Jordan knew that hers and Nick’s relationship was not gonna end up well, so she decided to move on because she knew it was the best for her. Also, when her and Nick first start to talk she identified that, “I hated careless people. That’s why I like you”(Fitzgerald 58). She knows good characteristics of people and what she wants. This example is also a good example of how she is a bad character. “She is incurably dishonest”(Fitzgerald 58). Jordan has negative qualities that show her to be dishonest and careless, but also has some good qualities to …show more content…
Myrtle is also one of the woman that is having an affair with her husband, which again is a horrible quality to have. Also, Myrtle thinks she needs to be the center of Tom’s life and does not care if he has a family at home. Myrtle will try to do bold things even if their affair is supposed to be a secret. Lastly, another bad quality is that she is very jealous of “Daisy”, or anyone she thinks is Daisy. “The crude Myrtle, is ironically named after the emblem of love”(Meyer 1). As mentioned by Meyer, Myrtle is clearly not a good example of a good love relationship. Myrtle often brought up because she would, “telephone him at dinner time”(Fitzgerald 15). Myrtle most likely knew that this was not a good time to be calling Tom but she did it anyways. She made bold moves that were done to start trouble. Finally, Daisy is very jealous. When she saw Tom and who she thought to be Daisy, but was actually Jordan was a good example. Her eyes were,”...wide with jealous terror…”(Fitzgerald 125). After this, she knocks on the window of her house in order to get Tom’s attention. For her to do this shows how jealous she really was. Myrtle Wilson was one of the female characters in this book that did not have any positive

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