Female Role in Great Gatsby Essay

706 Words Mar 18th, 2011 3 Pages
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the reader dives into the essence of

the early 1920’s: lavish parties, intimidating men, beautiful women, and the strive to

capture the “American dream.” The role of women in The Great Gatsby is paradoxical;

although they appear independent, and at times daring in their romantic lives, the women

of The Great Gatsby are vulnerable and driven purely by their economic situations. In the

novel, three seemingly diverse characters, Myrtle, Daisy, and Jordan, each represent

unique female roles. Although presented as dissimilar beings, the women of The

Great Gatsby possess one undeniable connection: the effect of money.

In the first chapter of the novel, the reader is
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Although Myrtle appears to acquire a small amount of freedom, her

actions demonstrate that in order for her to achieve her , she must

surrender both her feminine innocence and her passion for life. Attractive, yet successful and masculine, Jordan Barker represents the “new

woman” of the 1920’s. Unlike Daisy and Myrtle, Jordan appears

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