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jennifer kasnadi

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Old vs. New in The Great Gatsby By Jennifer Kasnadi
Mrs. Lidh
Pd. 2 Thesis: F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes various women in The Great Gatsby to produce a contrast of the old vs. the new society during the 1920's. During the 1920's Women gained the right to vote and the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) was created. The ERA states, “Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction.” Due to this, women became more independent and started breaking off from the traditions of the old generation. Culture Women started dressing less conservatively and became more independent

Women stopped wearing corsets, showed their arms, hid their breasts and waist and cut their hair short

Women wanted to be the consumer-in-chief so departments stores, gossip magazines etc. were created to pamper them Beliefs Lifestyle Daisy Daisy Daisy comes from old money and she is a sheltered rich girl Her personality She's not independent and is easily influenced by other people. Her lifestyle She doesn't work, lives a life of leisure, and is very pampered because she's rich

She's very beautiful, popular and therefore an object of desire What does she represent? From the evidence we can conclude that . . . Jordan Jordan Apart of new money, is a golf player Her personality Independent Her lifestyle Lives a life of leisure and seems to have a lot of time on her hands What does she represent? She's very similar to women during the 1920's Daisy Jordan Rich

Live a life of leisure

Involved in car accidents


Apart of the "rotten crowd" The Old vs. The New Conclusion F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes the characters Daisy and Jordan in The Great Gatsby in order to contrast the old vs. the new society but also to show that even though your appearance may change you are still going to be the same as you were before. The Old The New Bibliography "1900s - Women of the Century." Decade by Decade: 1900s - Women of the Century - DiscoverySchool.com. Discovery Education, n.d. Web. 08 Nov. 2012. <http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/womenofthecentury/decadebydecade/1900s.html>.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. Print.

"Roaring Twenties." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 July 2012. Web. 08 Nov. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roaring_Twenties>.

Whitley, Peggy. "1910 - 1919." American Cultural History. Lone Star College Kingwood Library, Nov. 2008. Web. 08 Nov. 2012. <http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/decade10.html>. Culture Before the 1920's Women weren't considered equal to men, men held the power in the household. Women couldn't vote and even though they could hold jobs, they were paid less than a man for the same job. Around the 1910's women had begun to rise up in order to gain equality Beliefs People believed in very traditional values
They would strictly follow their morals
Women weren't considered equal to men
Women also didn't hold the same rights as men, although around the 1910's women had started fighting to gain equality Lifestyle Women could work during the 1900's but they were generally expected to give up work when they married, unless they were very poor and had no choice but to go on working
Men were expected to be the breadwinner of the family
Middle and upper class girls generally did not go out with young men, they might meet men at parties and dances etc, and young men might call on them at home Women dressed very conservatively
Women usually wore corsets, bustiers, and long skirts.
Women were expected to be mothers and wives
They were to be seen, not heard Everything they did had something to do with sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.
Women who were able to go to college were determined to enjoy their experience The women of the new generation were considerably more liberal in comparison to the old generation
They didn't believe in their mother's ideal and didn't care for tradition or morals She doesn't believe that women equal to men Represents that women should be seen not heard Very passive, knows that her husband is cheating on her but doesn't say or do anything about it Irresponsible and she expects other people to take care of her She's very proper, follows tradition and morals She believes in social classes and follows traditional beliefs Very similar to women before the 1920's "He went to her house, at first with other officers from Camp Taylor, then alone." (Fitzgerald 148) She has has the appearance of a flapper She's liberal and therefore she differs from Daisy She's dishonest and cares for her self interest She's knows a lot and is very aware She seems very bored except for when she's playing golf "I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." (Fitzgerald 17) "You make me feel uncivilized, Daisy." (Fitzgerald 12) Careless "She was just eighteen, two years older than me, and by far the most popular girl of all the young girls in Louisville." (Fitzgerald 74) Rarely leaves the house unless chaperoned Old money


Believes in traditional values


Trophy wife New Money




Party girl "But there was Jordan beside me, who, unlike Daisy, was too wise ever to carry well-forgotten dreams from age to age." (Fitzgerald 135) "She was a slender, small breasted girl, with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet." (Fitzgerald 11) "She was incurably dishonest. She wasn't able to endure being at a disadvantage." (Fitzgerald 58) She cheats therefore has no morals/conscience "At her first big golf tournament there was a row that nearly reached the newspapers- a suggestion that she had moved her ball from a bad lie in the semi-final round." (Fitzgerald 57) "you ought to be more careful, or you oughtn't to drive at all." (Fitzgerald 58) "However, I don't believe it." "I just don't think he went there." (Fitzgerald 49) ". . . in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon." "she was extended full length at her end of the divan, completely motionless . . . " (Fitzgerald 8) "The bored haughty face that she turned to the world." (Fitzgerald 57) She dresses like a Flapper, a fashion style that was popular to the 1920's She's Liberal and independent From the evidence we can conclude that . . . They didn't care much about tradition
They wanted a life of leisure
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