Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

765 Words Mar 8th, 2016 4 Pages
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel,’ The Great Gatsby, characters explore stories of love and loss. The female characters play a unique role in the story of Gatsby that allows them to be seen differently even though they share some similarities. Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle vary by motivation and goals, and are tied together by morals. The jazz age is described as a period of confusion, and directionless wandering. Daisy, Myrtle and Jordan, the main female characters in the novel are prime examples. Daisy is portrayed as the prime example of a woman in the “roaring” twenties. Daisy married a wealthy man, has little motivation, and desires to be taken care of. Daisy has a child, a daughter whom she says she hopes “will be a fool, that’s the best thing a girl can be is a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 17). The idea of Daisy in this motionless, uninspired haze sums up her character. Nick seems to notice the surrounding haze and is “unsettled by the Buchanan’s purposeless lives” (Pavlovski, “The Great Gatsby”). However, Nick does not seem to understand that the role Daisy is displaying is very common for a woman during the twenties era.
While Daisy Buchanan conforms to the role of women in the twenties, Daisy possesses a personality that has an aura of lightness, sophistication and grace. Jordan Baker, Daisy’s childhood friend, is seemingly more motivated by the sport of golf. Jordan takes the path of a career and succeeds at it. Jordan is dedicated to helping Daisy and Gatsby…

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