The Portrayal of Women in the Great Gatsby

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The Portrayal of Women in The Great Gatsby In the past and even in modern times, women have been depicted in ways that only reveal the negative sides of their true beings, whether it would be in articles, novels, or generally – just in society. Throughout The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald achieves this portrayal by creating female characters that exemplify attributes that are typically seen as unpleasing in society. Furthermore, in the novel there are specific examples which reveal women in a negative light. From beginning to end, as readers it is easy to notice how weak Fitzgerald portrays these women through the relationships, and mindsets they are in. In a similar way, readers can distinguish how untrustworthy these characters are from what they chose to share. And lastly, Fitzgerald portrays women as individuals who think highly of themselves because of all the material things that are in their reach. The women in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby convey unflattering qualities which cause readers to feel unsympathetic towards their actions throughout the novel. It is the little details in the novel that Fitzgerald includes throughout which portray women as weak both physically and intellectually. Having said that, the women in the novel make poor choices which reveal their characters as impractical. In the first chapter, Daisy Buchanan is introduced – and not only do readers get a glimpse of her wittiness, they also learn about the way she is treated at home by her ‘loving’ husband, Tom. Aside from Daisy’s luxury life, she is a victim of abuse. As Jordan and Nick acknowledge her bruised hand she says, “You did it Tom... I know you didn’t mean to, but you did do it. That’s what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen of a – “(Fitzgerald 12). Furthermore in the chapter, she gets cut off by her husband. This quote
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