The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a large focus is put on the evolving presence of women in society throughout the early 20th century. During the period following World War One, and predating the Great Depression, women began to be seen in a different light. They were granted some of the same fundamental freedoms as men. They were given the right to vote in elections; the right to property ownership as well as the ability to work in roles formerly filled by men. In popular culture the introduction of the “flapper” was made. The term “flapper” was coined in reference to a woman whose hem fell above her knee, and who would smoke and drink among the men. The generation prior viewed the flapper women as rebellious and troublesome. This remark is what Fitzgerald focuses primarily on, in regards to the women’s rights movement of the 1920s. Fitzgerald uses the flapper movement in an attempt to argue, the formerly culturally accepted view, that women were the inferior sex. He contends that the new breed of woman, one that would defy the wishes of her father or spouse, should be labelled as shallow or even immoral. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses three female characters, Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Myrtle Wilson, to argue that women of the 20s were shallow, immoral and of a lesser importance than men. This disregard for positivity of the female gender within the novel can only be viewed as oppressive, representing the great injustice done to…

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