Modern Women In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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The Modern Women of Gatsby
Throughout history, mankind has changed and evolved to better fit the needs of the times. From the farmers and settlers of early America to the modern businessman or woman of today, there have been several new ideals for what people should be. One of these ideals is the “modern woman” of the 1920s. There have been many versions of the modern woman, but the many sides of that woman are quite accurately portrayed in the novel The Great Gatsby. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, women of the 1920s are portrayed through the actions and characterization of Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle and the situations they encounter in daily life as “modern women”. A modern woman , A modern woman of the Roaring Twenties also had
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Daisy may love the excitement that the flappers enjoy, but she loves her husband more, and does not want to do anything that he would not approve of. Daisy restricts herself because Tom doesn’t allow her to be much more than just a pretty face. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald writes that Daisy believed that the best thing a girl could be is a fool. “’All right,’ I said. ‘I’m glad it’s a girl, and I hope she’ll be a fool. That’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.’” (Fitzgerald …show more content…
Daisy, with her failed attempts at breaking out of her old shell, the shell of her past; Myrtle, with her admirations and aspirations of being a modern woman; and Jordan, with her reckless and independent lifestyle of fun. These women help show the reader what life would, or could, have been like as a woman in the 1920s. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s interesting characterization of these women and their situations helps make The Great Gatsby the classic American novel that it is

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