Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In the changing society of the 1920’s the “New Woman” was brought about in which changes in “the family and sexual mores, women’s participation in the work force, and the political activism” (Dumenil) influenced the society that was once ruled by men. This new idea brought skeptics, and those who believed that woman were to nurture and stay at home while the man was to be the provider. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald offers a view into this changing society where varying levels of the “New Woman” are brought to life by Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker. These women are seemingly free from there designated gender roles and yet there is prejudice towards them. Daisy’s ability to choose to be with another man in order to be happy is squandered by her innate weakness as a woman. Also Jordan’s independent lifestyle causes her to be portrayed as manly and unappealing. Through the intended goal of making characters that stray from their intended gender roles, the biases that correspond with gender are brought to light. This issue of gender roles is also apparent in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. In this society it is expected that women are to provide for their husband no matter the cost, displaying the inaccuracies that all women are of equal gender identity and are content with living within gender constructs. The outlook on gender roles in today’s accepting society is in drastic contrast to the views portrayed in The Crucible, set in 1692 as well as The Great Gatsby set…

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