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Feminism- The Great Gatsby

Exploring Anti-Feminism throughout the novel: The Great Gatsby.
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Nadia Abed

on 18 April 2013

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Feminism in The Great Gatsby What is feminism? Feminism is the study of the role of women. Throughout the novel we are specifically studying how women in society are treated, how their surroundings effect their decisions and behavior, and if men play a role in how they are treated and viewed.

- equal rights
- want same rights as men Quotes Myrtle Wilson Men overpower women "'Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!' shouted Mrs. Wilson. 'I'll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai ---' Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand" (Fitzgerald 37).

Tom breaks his mistresses nose for talking about his wife. This shows that although he is cheating on his wife with another women, he is offended she is talking down about her, this gives off a sense that to have another women in your life is an okay thing to do, but there is a strong difference between and mistress and a wife.

"Despite the prevalent Women's Right's Movement of the 1920's, Fitzgerald instead depicts his women characters as they were stereotyped in earlier years - inferior to men" (Marrie). Feminism The Great Gatsby Reagan Campbell, Nadia Abed, Kara Theisen, Bailee Mclachlan, Cristian DiMarco Role of Money and It's Effects on Women Daisy - Great Gatsby = Anti-Feminist
- Women looked down upon.
- Women never addressed by their names.
- Often referred to as "girls".
- Women are seen as property, or a man's accessory. "An infinite number of women tried to separate him from his money"(Fitzgerald 99).

"She never loved you, do you hear?' he cried. 'She only married you because i was poor and she was tired of waiting for me" (Fitzgerald 130).

"She vanished into house, her rich, full life, leaving Gatsby - nothing" (Fitzgerald 149). "Though I was curious to see her, I had no desire to meet her- but I did ... 'I want you to meet my girl'" (Page 24)

This quote demonstrates the resistance towards females throughout the novel, and the superiority of men. The female in the quote is referred to as "his girl", rather than her name, or Ms/Mrs. Quote A major theme in the book is that money is the driving force behind women's decisions. "In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago... and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars" (Fitzgerald 75-6).

This quote shows that women were easily swayed by money and material items. It also represents the idea that money buys happiness and love. This photo demonstrates Daisy's character. Although she appears innocent, she has a playful look in her eyes that draws in the viewer. Daisy tends to be very manipulative and mischievous, and very moody. This image is ironic because at first glace you see a younger woman, whose eyes stare straight into yours, although she has a different side to her. Quotes Quote Neither Tom nor Gatsby treated Daisy with respect. Gatsby tried to buy Daisy back from Tom by impressing her with lots of money and throwing parties to get her attention. Tom refused to let her have an affair with Gatsby when he actually had an affair himself. Both of these situations show that Daisy was not treated with respect from the men.

"Daisy, a flirty and seemingly fragile young woman, appears completely controlled by her husband, Tom, who constantly condescends her" (Marrie). "The best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool"(Fitzgerald 20).
"Her voice is full of money... That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money - that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbal's song of it..." (Fitzgerald 120).
“'I never loved him,' she said with perceptible recultance” (Fitzgerald 132). Women, such as Daisy, are drawn and attracted to money and material items. All throughout the book women are only seen as money hungry and that they will do anything they can to be around someone with money. All throughout the book, the men always show the upper hand over women. Women are hardly ever the wealthy figures (except Jordan Baker), they are always the ones subject to the money.
Men show women off as material items and arm candy rather than treating them as individuals Myrtle is an example of a woman in which is being used for the men's pleasure.
-Only being used for sex by Tom.
-Although she is important to George Wilson and Tom, she is still not treated as equal.
-When Tom begins to talk about his affair
with Daisy and her, she shows emotion
which causes her to get punched in the
nose.
-She see's her husband as "below her".
-Having an affair with Tom showed that
women were able to be bought. Jordan Baker Jordan is the wealthy, strong, and self-made girl of the book.
-she is very rich which makes her seem more equal with the men
-In order to get all of the money she has, she cheated in a golf tournament that made her rich and famous in the first place.
-This is similar to how Gatsby made all of his money, by cheating his way to the rich world by selling alcohol illegally.
-she is an example of feminism in the
book since she is able to act more
like the men.
-she addresses herself as a good
girl. Quotes "The answer…came from Myrtle..and it was violent and obscene"(Fitzgerald 37).

"Throw me down and beat me, you dirty little coward!" (Fitzgerald 146).

Both of these quotes show Myrtles attitude is feisty and sharp. Although she is portrayed as the fool in the book. - directors are picking up on anti-feminism theme throughout the novel

- man in photo is stronger, confident

- women is not making eye contact, seen as an accessory to the fancy man next to her. Works cited
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Simon and Schester, 1925. Print.

Marrie, Rebecca. "Anti-feminism Apparent in The Great Gatsby." - RebeccaMarrie. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2013.
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