The Great Gatsby Women Analysis
“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 …show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald shows bias towards the male characters in the book. He defines certain colors as being associated with women only that put emphasis on weakness and innocence. Combined with the idea that women can not face the real world and the cruel things that happen in it by themselves. Showing that women have a strong dependence on men degrades their status in society. He also decides that certain actions are to brought up to attention when a women does them such as drinking or their love life. However, when a man does equal actions, they are simply disregarded. Upon many occasions are women disrespected and patronized for their actions. Society in the 1920’s set very high and unequal standards for women compared to