Women In The Great Gatsby And Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Women in the time period of Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) and The Great Gatsby (1925) were viewed as fairly weak and frail. They were entitled to staying at home, cooking, cleaning, taking care of the children, etc. However, this view of women having a role under men was making a radical change. Women began to challenge and test the government and the overall society they lived in. This upset the men because this movement displayed that they were slowly losing their dominance and supremacy over the female society. The two main characters in The Great Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan illustrate this change of emergence of giving women more power and a stronger voice. Both of these characters depict the diverse and significant characteristics of …show more content…
During her journey she searches for the fulfillment from a meaningful relationship bounded with love. She also hopes to achieve self-knowledge of what it truly means to be a woman in a dominated male society. Janie’s very first realization concerning marriage is that it does not whatsoever “compel love like the sun day” (Hurston 21). Her Nanny is a woman who knows and lived through the social obstacles that a woman has to endure such as financial stability and merely wants Janie to be able to enjoy the luxuries of refraining from work due to a husband. She forced Janie to be married to a man that she never loved exposes the expectation that women are expected to depend on men for financial security and …show more content…
On page 63 it says that, “Janie took the easy way away from the fuss. She didn’t change her mind, but she agreed with her mouth.” (Hurston 63) Showing that although Janie disagreed with her husband, she did not speak up about her opinion. “She learned how to talk some and leave some… She got nothing from Jody except what money could buy, and she was giving away what she didn’t value.” (Hurston 76) Suggesting that the oppression Janie is dealing with as a woman has many complications to it regarding how she even speaks to her own husband. Her place in society is to be seen but not heard, she is expected to be silent along with many other

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