Myrtle is ridiculed for implying that she is above her husband and physically harmed for her boldness when Tom hits her in the face and she is killed in a car accident. Daisy is merely an object to him, a goal. Myrtle is described as being older and unattractive and, according to Nick, obnoxious and loud.
The women in The Great Gatsby are described as helpless and dependent on men because they are not allowed to pursue their own dreams or even have their own thoughts, they are to be pretty, unintelligent, and subservient to men. Jordan has had sex before marriage and is portrayed as a manipulative and selfish liar.
The revealed consequences of trying to break free from male dominated morals reaffirm that women who seek to shatter traditional social structures tread on dangerous waters. Jordan is also depicted as incapable of having legitimate success because her career as a professional golfer was built off cheating at tournaments.
The only details we get about Jordan from Nick are the ones showing she is similar to men. Women are oppressed in this text for attempting to break out of a patriarchal mold and be assertive. The Great Gatsby displays the unjust power relationships among men and women as glamorous.
Daisy is once again held captive by patriarchy through a lonely loveless life after Gatsby dies and she returns to Tom.
In both of these instances Myrtle challenges male authority in her life and is repaid with abuse. However, when Gatsby challenges Daisy to break free, ruin her life and submit to Gatsby instead, she returns to submission with Tom.
Her life is incomplete without a man in charge of it. Both choices given to Daisy are ones that require her to submit to a male figure rather than follow her own heart. Fitzgerald continues to describe the women in a negative light and includes Myrtle in this by portraying her as an arrogant woman whose voice is one of the loudest in the room.
Daisy clings to the hope that one day her dreams will come true just like Gatsby holds tightly to the hope one day he will be with Daisy again. The Great Gatsby is a rags to riches story of a man in pursuit of his dreams. Myrtle, the most sexually aggressive woman in this text, persistently challenges patriarchy with her confidence in seducing men and boldness to pursue her desires.
Myrtle is the only woman depicted as having some control over her life through her controlling relationships yet her appearances indicate worthlessness.
Myrtle represents another selfish woman because of the pressure she puts on Tom to divorce Daisy and the deliberate public adulterous affair she has with Tom.
The Great Gatsby follows a misguided social norm that men are to have dominance over women, not equality.
Nick is just as guilty as Tom in his mistreatment of women for supporting his patriarchal values by not standing up for the women being mistreated. In The Great Gatsby there are several men that have a physical dominance over women. Jordan is another woman portrayed as having inacceptable behavior through her promiscuity.
Daisy selfishly seeks her own freedoms away from life of motherhood. Men are depicted as hard workers, while women just lounge around gossiping. This book explores the quest for happiness and wealth through the American dream and depicts dysfunctional relationships, idealism, materialism, and corrupt values during the Jazz Age.
Gatsby desperately reaches to obtain Daisy, not just her affection but her as a possession. Men are the ones that achieve success and status. Since she is no longer happy with her husband, she turns to Tom to give her life new meaning and excitement. Independent thought and free will do not exist for Daisy because the only role she is required to play is that of a mother, a wife, and an image for men to lust after.
Myrtle is clearly being oppressed by men in this book through the physical, mental, and emotional abuse she endures.
Is Fitzgerald implying that she would be incapable of being successful without cheating?
Women are just silly dreamers, incapable of intelligent thoughts and realistic goals. Just like Daisy is a fraud by her exterior image and extramarital affairs with Gatsby, Jordan is a fraud out of her unwillingness to submit to a masculine figure through her means of success. Gatsby spends his entire life seeking acceptance of his relationship with Daisy but never validates her as a person.
Kerr wrote in his piece about being feminine in The Great Gatsby and how femininity equates to a weakness.A Feminist Opposition: The Great Gatsby Tiffany Swenson. 12/11/09 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, is a hesitant reconstruction of a male dominated social system.
This book explores the quest for happiness and wealth through the American dream and depicts dysfunctional relationships, idealism, materialism, and corrupt values during. Using the lens of feminist criticism, we can examine the patterns of thought, behavior, values, and power in relations between the sexes.
For example, we might notice the. Feminist Criticism of The Great Gatsby Feminist criticism focuses on the power relationships between genders and the ways pieces of literature has been shaped according to them. During the ’s, many changes had begun to counter the evident inequality between men and women.
In this essay I will be looking at “The Great Gatsby” in a feminist critique and applying it to different forms of feminism. The Great Gatsby is a novel by American author F.
Scott Fitzgerald. It was first published inand is set on Long Island’s North Shore and in New York City in the summer of Feminist Criticism of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Words | 4 Pages Feminist Criticism of The Great Gatsby The pervasive male bias in American literature leads the reader to equate the experience of being American with the experience of being male.
Write an essay arguing that The Great Gatsby either is or is not a feminist novel in totality. Use specific evidence from the plot to prove what you are saying, and make sure you offer up a clear definition of feminism to work with.Download