Equal Rights Of Women In The Great Gatsby

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The 1920s were known for jazz, alcohol, easy-going people, good times, and especially the liberation of women. While it was still very clear that men still ran the world, they no longer dominated over women as they used to. Suddenly, women received suffrage, cut their hair short, and dressed as they pleased. The Equal Right Amendment (ERA) in 1923 furthered women’s progress in America, as more and more women got degrees and started working. Yet as women’s position in America improved, there was still a disparity in the power distribution among genders. Men were still earning more and seen as the dominant gender, and unfortunately there wasn’t much women could do to change that. Some women figured if that was the world they were born in, they could use it to their advantage and depend on men in order to achieve wealth,…show more content…
Daisy Buchanan’s world basically revolves around the men she is involved with and her relationships with them. She was raised in an environment where the “American Dream” was everything, and she strived to get that through marriage. At first, Jay Gatsby deceived her into thinking he could get her everything she desired, such as security, money, social status, and attention. Even when it turned out he could provide none of those things, she still continued to love him. Only when he went away, and she was desperate for order did she consider marrying Tom, who was “worthy” as he had the proper background, wealth, and the approval of her parents. Daisy is portrayed as a relatively weak-willed women, who “wanted her life shaped now; immediately- and the decision must be made by some force- of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality”. (151) It could be said that while Daisy was in love with both Tom and Gatsby, her main affections lie with money, ease, and material luxury and she would be with the man who could offer all those things. In a world where men are the dominant

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