Essay about The Characters Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Female Characters in The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a historical novel. The author employs a narrator, Nick Carraway, to allow insight into the upper class society of New York during the early 1920s. Socially, women enjoyed enormous changes during this era as hem lines shortened replacing long skirts and corsets, hair was bobbed to resemble a more masculine style, and women attained the right to vote. Women, predictably, responded in a variety of ways to these changes: some continued to exist only in their relation to men, and some used the changes to their own advantage. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses his three main female characters, Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle, to reflect women 's position in society during the early 1920s.
2nd Paragraph: Jordan Baker (roughly 330 words)
Jordan Baker is a flat, immobile character in The Great Gatsby. She thoroughly displays uniformity throughout the story and remains drearily soporific. Her main function is to support the character of Daisy. This becomes evident in the introductory scene of these two female characters as Nick describes them displayed together on a “completely stationary” sofa with Jordan being “completely motionless” (Fitzgerald 8). The first word she proclaims is followed by a yawn as if to mitigate any sense of reversal of her assigned role. Jordan and Daisy, both, are bored and removed from any resemblance of reality while cocooned in their upper class…