The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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Fitzgerald experiments with narrative point of view and presents the female characters through a central male consciousness. In the “Great Gatsby” Fitzgerald fully explores the modern woman’s symbolic significance in an era of disintegration. Women in the “Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald are symbols for the different sides of 1920’s feminism. Fitzgerald offers the public an image of a modern young woman sexually liberated, self-centered, fun-loving, and magnetic. Fitzgerald uses women characters as a way to convey the futures and the pasts of women’s rights colliding with one another. There are both women that are “dependent” and “independent” from men in the novel. I would argue that Myrtle and Daisy are both dependent on men to provide for them and take care of them. While Jordan on the other hand would be an example of a woman that does not need or want any man to provide for her. Many of the female characters are seen enjoying the freedoms of the ‘flappers’ lifestyle in the Jazz Age. It is through the eyes of Nick Carraway, A male yet almost genderless narrator and protagonist, that we get our first glimpse of Daisy and Jordan. Set off by an elegant décor and airy nature images, the two women impress Nick as incarnations of female loveliness associated with a suggestive mix of purity, ethereal weightlessness, adventure, and maybe even witchcraft: “They were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a…

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