The Modern Women Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The Modern Women of Gatsby
Throughout history, mankind has changed and evolved to better fit the needs of the times. From the farmers and settlers of early America to the modern businessman or woman of today, there have been several new ideals for what people should be. One of these ideals is the “modern woman” of the 1920s. There have been many versions of the modern woman, but the many sides of that woman are quite accurately portrayed in the novel The Great Gatsby. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, women of the 1920s are portrayed through the actions and characterization of Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle and the situations they encounter in daily life as “modern women”. A modern woman , A modern woman of the Roaring Twenties also had more rights than previous women thanks to the 19th amendment. According to NCPedia, a website of historic facts from North Carolina, before the 1920s, it was believed that “women should concern themselves with home, children, and religion, while men took care of business and politics.”(NCPedia 1) A modern woman of the 1920s was able to take control of her own life. A modern woman no longer had to stay at home and be a housewife as expected in previous years. Twenty-five percent of women had jobs, and this number would only increase as time went on. Sometimes these women were known as “flappers”—someone that challenged traditional feminine ideals by wearing shorter dresses, cutting their hair into the trademark flapper bob, and threw…

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