Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The 1920’s saw a significant shift in the roles of women in American society. In the previous decades the woman’s sphere was to be in the home taking care of her family, but in the 1920’s women pursued education, politics and occupations outside of the home. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald effectively demonstrated how the women of this time period interacted with society. The Great Gatsby was written in the 1920’s, so it can serve as a first hand account of the perception of women. Fitzgerald’s opinion of women can be seen throughout the novel and it can be concluded that his opinion was swayed towards women being wild nuisances in society. The 1920’s woman was dubbed the “new woman” whose appearance was physical evidence of a significant change. As portrayed in The Great Gatsby, the values of women and the perception of being feminine shifted from traditional and conservative to provocative and independent which caused a change in the dynamics of an extravagant society especially in the relationships between men and women. Women in The Great Gatsby were portrayed as sexual objects because Fitzgerald’s view of women was altered due to his personal experience with them. Fitzgerald was married to a woman named Zelda Sayre. They met at a country club dance in Zelda’s hometown of Montgomery, when Scott was a 1st lieutenant in the 67th Infantry and Zelda was already “engaged” unofficially to a wide assortment of men (Lanahan 21). This shows the promiscuity that was in…

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