The Changing Role Of Women In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Scott Fitzgerald uses the characters, Jordan Baker and Daisy Buchanan, to show the change in the role of women in the 1920s. In the 1920s, women were presented with new freedoms and opportunities. There were still a few setbacks for women that resulted in fewer leadership roles for women in the workplace and some opposition from men and parents to give women so much freedom. Despite such setbacks, the new opportunities included new jobs, the ability for single women to live on their own and support themselves, and less parental supervision. Women took on the flapper lifestyle. Flappers were independent and dressed in a new way. Jordan Baker is the best representation of a flapper in The Great Gatsby. Daisy Buchanan shows the carelessness of the women in the 1920s. The changing role of women in the 1920s shows an early step in the growing independence for women in how they dress, where they work, and how they act. This will continue to grow, producing the modern lifestyle of women in the United States.
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