Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby is a novel about a time in America where businesses and cities were booming, scandals and illegal activities were a daily occurrence, and groundbreaking advances were made in America, but some things remained the same. The 19th amendment was passed in August, 1920, it granted women the right to vote and finally gave them an independence from men, yet nothing truly changed for most women. Many remained submissive to the beckon call of their husband as well as ignorant to injustices their husbands were committing, like adultery. The amendment was monumental, yet women remained acting like Flappers. A true Flapper is a woman who is young (over 18 but younger than 29), smokes cigarettes, drinks cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, wears makeup, goes to parties, pretty, wears low cut dresses, and has a bobbed hairstyle. Characters in the novel have the opportunity to escape the prejudices and build a better life for themselves, yet many refuse. These same characters are the victims of violence from their husband, or other dominant male figures. At most scenes of violence they are present, it follows them around wherever they travel. Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson are two characters who evoke anger and disappointment from the reader. These character are constantly abused physically by Tom Buchanan, an ex-football player and high society man. Daisy and Myrtle represent most women during this time period, obsessed with money and wealth, and thus a man’s…

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