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THE GREAT GATSBY
Transcript of THE GREAT GATSBY
Friday, January 9th, 2015
By Francis Scott Fitzgerald
The golden girl, with the killing voice
I looked back at my cousin, who began to ask me questions in her low, thrilling voice. It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered "Listen," a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour.
A woman, girl or a fool?
Decisions, decisions - and a divided life
Dependent to varied degrees upon men in their lives.
Daisy vs. Jordan:
Daisy: The delicate flower. The stereotypical woman at the time.
Jordan: The "new" woman. Independent.
Are Myrtle and Gatsby alike?
THE GREAT GATSBY
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
Of society maintaining traditional gender roles, especially the women.
The women are proper and delicate, often found in white dresses.
But beside their "innocence", they all have something "rotten" about their character.
Higher class "Girls"
- Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker.
Lower class "Women"
- Myrtle Wilson.
The traditional view of men's dominance over women gets confronted.
Men do “business” and women just "adapts".
Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan have equal wealth, but are as characters attracted to different stereotypes of women
High- vs. low class women.
Represents the new type of woman in the 20's
- Sportive and masculine
- No close family relations
Dishonest and self-centered
- "She was incurably dishonest" (38,27)
- "She was completely motionless" (7,39)
WOMEN AND GENDER ROLES
F. S. FITZGERALD
Francis S. F. married Zelda S. F. after discharging from the Army in February 1919.
Zelda had doubts at first, because Francis wasn't rich and not famous as a writer.
Their relationship , becomes Francis' inspiration for his work, The Great Gatsby.
"We heard you were engaged to a girl out West."
"Of course I knew what they were referring to, but I wasn't even vaguely engaged."
Myrtle married to George.
Thought he was a gentleman.
"I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn't fit to lick my shoe"
Myrtle Wilson is a
“thickish figure of a woman”
Myrtle and Gatsby have one thing in common: they're both trying to rise above their station.
Find the happiness to have an affair with Tom - satisfy her.
“It’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart. She’s a catholic and they don’t believe in divorce”
The presentation of men and women in the book:
- Men presented by name.
- Women presented by gender and looks.