This paper mainly introduces the female values in The Jazz Age trough analyzing three female roles in the novel The Great Gatsby. Then it also analyzes the different women in details and shows you the features of female values in The Jazz Age.
2. Female values in The Great Gatsby
2.1 A charming but plaintive rose
Daisy is so elegant and charming just like a sweet rose but also a prickly and plaintive rose. She is a typical role of women who is lovely, charming and romantic but parasitic and grim.
When Daisy was young, she thought love was full of dreams and still has a pure heart. Then her life merged with material society little by little. Finally, she became a member of this materialistic society and deemed that money is …show more content…
But she is also afraid to be excluded by the high society which she is captive with. So that she still keep the distance with the upper class in her heart. It is the middle-class women’s portrayal in The Jazz Age.
2.3 The predestined tragedy
Myrtle Wilson is the most tragic person in The Great Gatsby. She comes from the lower class. Myrtle scorns her husband and is so grim that ignores her husband’s love because her husband is just a poor and raggedy man. She chases after money and wants to have the extravagant life so she gang up with Tom.
Nevertheless, such a coarse and mincing woman is just a toy of Tom. Eventually she becomes a sacrificial object of money and forces. Myrtle Wilson represents these women who are lower-class people in The Jazz Age. They lower-class females want to go into the upper-class life. Then they discard their self-respect and are willing to be others’ toys. The way they choose is a misery. They believe that they can have better life when they get enough money and fame. But such a crazy chasing behavior for money and fame will let them fall towards the …show more content…
The extravagant party, the luxury villa and monstrous cars are all show us that The Jazz Age is just a golden world and money means everything.
Not only Daisy and Jordan, but also Myrtle Wilson is longing for money and fame. Although they three women come from different social status, they chase for money in their own ways. When it comes to money, they just become crazy even they are willing to abandon their love and self-respect, ignore their true feelings even lose the human nature.
3.2 These women almost live through relying on men
Just as Jordan Baker said, there are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired. In my opinions, just because they live in such a roaring time they become such people without choice. The Jazz Age brings up these women who are putrid and parasitic. They have no dream, no idea of their lives. The only thing they want is to get the superior life. But they don’t have the power to get what they want so they only can rely on men even be willing to become men’s toys like Myrtle Wilson. They abandon their self-respect and just become “blind”. they believe the way to heaven just lead them go to the