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“The Women Characters Are Merely Decorative Figures Of Seemingly Fragile Beauty” – How Far And In What Ways Do You Agree With This View Of The Great Gatsby

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I feel that it depends on the character you are considering when answering this question. All the women in this novel are totally different, unique in fact. For example Daisy and Jordan are different from each other. And Daisy and Myrtle are opposites. Fitzgerald introduces all the women in a negative way. Daisy is weak and careless, Jordan is dishonest and haughty, and Myrtle is unfaithful. From the very beginning Fitzgerald portrays the women in this way. For example Nick describes Jordan as “incurably dishonest”. This introduces the ideology of distrust of women in the novel. In the 1920s men and women weren’t equal. Men could do as they liked but women were stuck doing what the man ...view middle of the document...

She was desperate for another way of life with Tom. This ultimately killed her. We see that Myrtle is a very materialistic type of person. For instance in chapter 2 it says “she bought a copy of town tattle and a moving picture magazine and in the station drugstore some cold cream and a small flask of perfume” and “I want to get one of those dogs’ she said earnestly ‘I want to get one for the apartment. They’re nice to have- a dog”. This suggests that Myrtle is only with Tom for the money as her husband (Wilson) doesn’t have very much and he is pretty poor. It is a very materialistic relationship which also suggests he doesn’t want her, he just wants one thing. Tom shows this as he hits Myrtle (“Tom Buchanan broke her nose with an open hand”). He never hits Daisy which could show that he does care about her. This shows that Myrtle to him is just an object to use. When Myrtle is killed Tom immediately approaches her husband George and begins talking about the yellow car that hit her, explaining that it is not his car (he was driving it through town earlier that day, but it is Gatsby's car, and Tom was not driving it back from New York). When he and Daisy reunite at their house, they are seen sitting calmly together, as if plotting (Daisy had been driving when Myrtle was hit). This suggests that Tom has a purely professional feeling towards Myrtle's death; he simply wants to make sure that he and Daisy get away from the situation clean. This shows he actually cares for Daisy despite everything he does to her (cheating).
Daisy, for me, is the most interesting of all the female characters. While she is a typical giddy woman, she also shows some signs of intelligence. For example “that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool”. This shows us that she does have intelligence, only if it is a sad realization. She seems to wish she was a fool, so she didn’t know about Tom’s mistress. Also she says “sophisticated, God I’m sophisticated”. This shows us that Daisy has done everything and seen everything. In other words beneath the silliness and the giggles, she is just sick of life. However the majority of the time Daisy behaved carelessly. She is a very flighty character. We see this when it says “How gorgeous. Let’s go back tomorrow’ then added irrelevantly ‘you ought to see the baby”. This shows us that she just talks and never stops. She doesn’t stick to any ideas. This could also be seen to display her underlying sadness. It is as if she is acting, trying to look...

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