Women in the Great Gatsby Essay

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- Back then, novel may have been met with some criticism. Was published DURING Jazz Age, and the sensuous descriptions of women may have been viewed unfavourably. However, we can now see how the Jazz Age was a time of change and are able to view the corrupt nature. Also know about Wall Street Crash, Roaring 20s would end in tragedy, as Fitzgerald suspected. The Jazz Age brought about many social changes. It even appeared that at one point there was a role reversal between men and women. Feminine Men (Mr McKee in The Great Gatsby) and Masculine Women (Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby). This shows how women were now seen on an equal level to men, to an extent. At this time, many other minorities such as homosexuals were accepted more than ever before too. - “Nick Carraway is to be respected for his moral concern – East Vs. West, they are opposites but cannot stay rigid, blurred or confused in identity patterns.” – R.V Stallman. This highlights Nick’s contrast to the other characters as he is able to see through the glamorous life of the Jazz Age and notice the moral decay. For this reason, despite being rather unreliable, we can connect with him. - Sympathy in novels can be defined as: the reader sharing an emotion with a character; usually achieved by creating pity for the character and making them relatable to. In The Great Gatsby no women achieve this criteria. Daisy does not draw pity from the reader, nor can the reader relate to her - meaning they do not sympathise with her. Although, it is possible to argue that being unhappy in a marriage - shown by her reaction to Tom speaking to his lover during dinner - is something she has in common with 1920's America. However, she takes action, on this feeling, in her deliberate attempts to punish Tom by 'kissing' Gatsby behind his back. ...read more. - Middle - Jordan is not sympathised with either, however, for
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