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The Women in The Great Gatsby

The women in The Great Gatsby are presented in an unflattering way that does not make the reader sympathetic towards their character. They are viewed more as an object rather than a human being. The women, Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle, are described in their voice, looks, and behavior, instead of focusing on their feelings or emotions. The women are interpreted to be very negative characters and not superior in comparison to the men. Daisy changed for the worse for the desire of money. She, who is a woman herself, objectified her own daughter in the story. Daisy does not even specify the gender until asked specifically. When she is asked how her daughter is, she responds, “I suppose she talks, and eats, and everything.” (Daisy, 16). When she says this, she says it in a way that she is disappointed in having a girl. She does not go in depth, she is very blunt about her daughter. Daisy realized that girls are not looked upon as intelligent but more of as objects. Daisy said about her daughter, “I hope she’ll be a fool- that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” (Daisy, 17). She states that girl cannot be smart, but more of as eye-candy for successful men. That is all that the women are good for, to be beautiful. Daisy also changed because she was eager for money and cared so much of her ego. Gatsby said, “her voice is full of money.” (Gatsby, 120). Gatsby came to realization that Daisy has been corrupted by money, that has transformed her into a snobby girl from the sweet girl he used to know. The one that loved him when he was poor, but because she genuinely liked him. The girl that did not make decisions based on what is better for her reputation rather than what she actually had passion for.
Jordan represented traits that are very negative. Throughout the story Jordan was very dishonest. Even Nick describes her as “incurably dishonest” (Nick, 58). He says this because it was only obvious that she cheated at golf, her profession, to win her first tournament. Jordan also appears to be very lazy. Nick, her love, even wonders how she gets anything done. She is always seen lounging on couches or sleeping. Her laziness was brought upon her high class, wealth, and time period where women did not work much anyways. She is also reckless to herself and those around her. Nick tells her she is a rotten drier and asked what will happen if she meets someone as careless as her on the road. She replies that she hopes she never does (58). This shows that she does not care for the safety of herself or her surroundings. She is also very hypocritical in this statement for driving so idiotically yet hoping nobody else drives like her.
Myrtle also represented the women in a lousy way. She presented herself in a desperate manner. She said, “Throw me down and beat me, you dirty little coward” (146). Myrtle is so jealous of Daisy’s life with Tom, that she is willing to be treated like trash to only be his little secret. She was nothing more than that, but she did not care, all she wanted was a taste of Daisy’s life no matter how she got it. Clearly she is jealous as well. Nick said, “She looked at me and laughed pointlessly” (Nick, 72). Myrtle was trying to copy Daisy’s laugh and motions but just ended up failing. She thought maybe she could have Tom all to herself one day, if she could be more like Daisy. Myrtle also represents a low class. “Some of the small scandal magazines of broadway.” This shows that she has to find gossip through cheap magazines, rather than actually being at Gatsby’s parties with Tom, Daisy, Jordan, and Nick.
Throughout the entire story women are treated very negatively. They are portrayed as unsuccessful and treated as such. They each speak for bad traits in humanity. The men do not give any consideration about their feelings, but then again the women do not give them any reason to.…...

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