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Feminist comparison between Daisy and the Dark Lady

Gwen Carwile

on 17 December 2012

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"Oh, you want too much!" she cried to Gatsby. "I love you now – isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past." (ch.7 pg. 139) Daisy Throughout The Great Gatsby, Daisy
Buchanan is portrayed as one of the most memorable characters with her love-hate personality. Introduced as Tom Buchanan's wife, Daisy is looked at as a woman who can hold her own ground. As the novel progresses, so does Daisy's past and the reader begins understand that she in fact has had multiple lovers in the past, including Gatsby. Daisy acts as a feminist in The Great Gatsby by breaking the rules. She has an affair, owns her own money, and manipulates others; all of which were unheard of from women during the 1920s. History of feminism The Dark Lady Evidence The Affair(s) Comparison affair Daisy and The Dark Lady A Feminist Comparison Conclusion Works Cited Daisy The Dark Lady Fun Fact! Other famous feminists throughout literature: -Skeeter in The Help by Kathryn
-Ella in Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson
-Miss Trunchbull in Matilda
by Ronald Dahl What is a feminist? -A person advocating social, political, legal,
and economic rights for women equal to
those of men. - A supporter of an intellectual commitment and a political movement that seeks justice for women and the end of sexism in all forms. -An advocate of equal rights in many subjects
for both men and women, sometimes breaking
rules to get their point across. "Wave" 1: 1920s & 1930s. Dealt mostly with suffrage, working rights, and educational equality for women and girls. "Wave" 2: 1960s-1980s. Focused mainly on inequality with the law and culture between the two sexes. "Wave" 3: Late 1980s-2012. Continuation of the Second Wave focused mainly on readdressing issues and respect of women
towards society. Shakespeare wrote 27 sonnets all
focusing on one subject; a mysterious woman who left a huge impression on Shakespeare. No one knows exactly who the person is, however, they get a pretty good feel of her personality through the works of literature. The Dark Lady is portrayed as a manipulative human being and in charge of her relationship with Shakespeare. She's also characterized as a women who sleeps around and can hold her own; both characteristics that can define a woman with feminist qualities. The Affair The Money "Her voice is full of money," he said suddenly. [Gatsby] (ch.7 pg. 120) The Manipulation "That murmur that was only to make people lean towards her." (ch.1 pg.9) "Ay, fill it full with wills, and my will one.
In things of great receipt with ease we prove among a number one is reckon'd none"(Sonnet 136) The Manipulation multiple men one man (Gatsby) manipulative sex voice independent money
class (can hold their own) "Prison my heart in thy steel bosom's ward,
But then my friend's heart let my poor heart bail;
Whoe'er keeps me, let my heart be his guard" (Sonnet 133) Independence "Bear thine eyes straight, though thy proud heart go wide." (Sonnet 140) lack
of commitment Both Daisy and the
Dark Lady are portrayed as feminists through their works of literature.
Both partake in actions such as affairs and manipulation of others which are unheard of from women during their time periods. Therefore, if the Dark Lady were to be a character in The Great Gatsby, she too would be written as a advocate of the
feminist movement, like Daisy. 1920s 1500s Haslanger, Sally, Tuana, Nancy and O'Connor, Peg,
"Topics in Feminism", The StanfordEncyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), forthcoming URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2012/entries/feminism-topics/>. "Feminist." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d.
Web. 16 Dec. 2012. Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The
Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print. "Score." Best Feminist Fiction (649 Books). N.p., n.d.
Web. 16 Dec. 2012. Shakespeare, William. Sonnets to a Dark Lady, and
Others. Mount Vernon, NY: PeterPauper, [..]. Print.
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