Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The novel The Great Gatsby, the author F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts an anti-feminist view of the world. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, feminism is defined as the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. During the time period in which the novel was published, the feminist movement was starting to expand. Although, contrary to what was going on during that time, the novel portrays the opposite of what the feminist movement stands for. Feminists strive to achieve the goal of “exposing elements in literature that have been accepted as the norm by both men and women” (Prestwick article). Fitzgerald incorporates these accepted norms, or stereotypes, into his work by casting them onto the characters. For example, during that time period it is completely normal and accepted to believe that women go after men with money. At the time, men and women did not have the same opportunities so therefore a women could only be rich is she is born into a rich family, or if she marries someone who is rich. This can be seen in the novel as depicted through the character Daisy, as well as the character Myrtle who has an affair with Tom. Another stereotype that can be seen in the novel is the belief that men are overall superior over women which can also be seen through the characters such as Daisy, Tom and Myrtle. Throughout the novel, all the characters are portrayed as anti-feminist and therefore reflects the novel to be an anti-feminist work as a whole. By…

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