The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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Throughout the early 1900’s, women struggled with asserting themselves in a man’s world, but in the 1920’s an independent new women emerged causing controversy. Throughout The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald is criticizing the superficiality of the 1920’s “new women” by comparing Myrtle and Daisy; yet despite their differences Fitzgerald highlights the similarity in their desires. Fitzgerald contrasts Myrtle’s confidence in defying and cheating on her husband, with Daisy’s cautiousness around her own husband to show their differences. Yet, both Myrtle and Daisy allow Tom to control their emotions and actions. Fitzgerald is ultimately suggesting that there will be no true “new women” until women are able to detach their identities and worth from men.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Daisy Buchanan to represent the “traditional woman”, a compliant and proper woman yet suggests that the “traditional woman” is weak and selfish through Daisy’s reliability on Tom. During Nick’s first dinner with the Buchanan’s, Fitzgerald uses Daisy’s reaction to Tom’s mistress to show her tendency to dismiss Tom’s mistakes. In the article “Women in the Roaring Twenties”, the author describes the traditional women of the 1900’s: “women were the men’s property and the man worked hard each day to provide for her and their children, [therefore] it would be disrespectful for a woman to want to work or challenge her husband’s position as head of the family.” Fitzgerald establishes Daisy…

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