Gender Roles in "A New Leaf" Essay

1291 Words Mar 30th, 2011 6 Pages
19, October 2010
Fitzgerald, Prompt 1
Introduction
A. Intro hook, Quote from honeymooners
B. Thesis statement: Gender roles in “A New Leaf” portray men as the providers and dominant, females as subordinate caretakers, and it vastly limits decision making to choices that are deemed “appropriate” for men and women alike.
How are male and female characters portrayed?
A. Women – Caretakers, nurturing, invested into beauty
B. Men-Providers, indestructible, intelligent
How does the work portray their roles in society?
A. Women – Caretakers,invested into beauty, nurturers
B. Men-Providers, indestructible, intelligent
How does gender influence the decisions characters make?
A. Only
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This social role presented by Fitzgerald shapes and conforms his works in multiple ways. Gender roles in “A New Leaf” portray men as the providers and dominant, females as subordinate caretakers, and it vastly limits decision making to choices that are deemed “appropriate” for men and women alike.
The outward appearance of the genders are subject to the writer's portrayal of the sexes, causing the reader to view each sex a certain way. While in “A New Leaf,” neither sex is outright good or bad, but different nonetheless. Men appear to the reader in one of two extremes, the “safe” guy, and the “bad boy.” The safe man is everything that a family would look for, everything someone would want to live comfortably with, stable job, loyal, honorable, and protective. But on the other hand, women more often than not will choose the “bad boy,” at least at first, because he is dangerous and exciting. The “bad boy” has a hit or miss job, often well outside of legal boundaries, constantly addicted to some self destructive drug or habit, most likely unfaithful, but the women enjoy having drama and uncertainty in their lives. Only one female character is present, and while not viewed as immoral or evil, the reader will most likely view her as fickle and unintelligent, choosing between men rather than bettering herself to move ahead in life. “Dick Ragland? Because he's got the worst reputation of any American in Paris.” “I don't believe a word of it, he's too…

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