Womens Representation In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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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
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Daisy is upset and starts to drink and slurs her words, Nick expresses concern. “I was scared, I tell you; I’d never seen a girl like that before”(76). Throughout the book there are many references to the characters drinking and quite often the men acted out of hand because of the alcohol. With that being said, once a female character such as Daisy gets introduced she is immediately set to a higher standard. This is unfair and shows a clear favoritism towards the male population. Tom is very confused on how Daisy met Gatsby and expresses his disbelief. “‘I wonder where in the devil he met Daisy. By God. I may be old- fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me. They meet all kinds of crazy fish’”(103). This is a very entitled statement and seems condescending of Tom to say. It is also very hypocritical considering that he is married to Daisy but also at the same time has a mistress. This goes back to setting a higher standard for the women to respect men but not returning the favor. It also goes back to accepting one behavior from a man but no the same behavior as a woman. Having behaviors that are only strictly for males or strictly for females is a clear discrimination of the

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