The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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Women’s Representation In The Great Gatsby
“You educate a man; you educate a man, You educate a woman; you educate a generation”(Brigham Young). Throughout the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, women are oppressed and portrayed as weak fragile figures in life. He uses colors that are often associated with weak and fragile connotations to describe women. It is obvious that Fitzgerald feels that women and men are not equal in society. Suggesting that women can not handle the cruel realities of the world leaves the reader to believe that women need men to protect them from the world and that it is okay for them to be disrespected. On top of that, he depicts certain actions as being almost “unlady like” and surprising for a woman to do. It is clear that Fitzgerald characterizes the women in the book as lower and less powerful than men.

To begin, Fitzgerald frequently mentions the color white while describing women in the book. When the character Nick goes over to Daisy and Tom’s house, he sees Jordan and Daisy sitting on the couch together. “Sometimes she and Miss Baker talked at once, unobtrusively and with a bantering inconsequence that was never quite chatter, that was as cool as their white dresses and their impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire”(12). In this example, the color white is used to describe what the women are wearing. The color white is often associated with purity and innocence. Later on in the same setting, while Nick was looking out the…

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