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Chapter 5 Feminist Lens

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Anna Buechler

on 15 May 2014

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Transcript of Chapter 5 Feminist Lens

Looks at text for issues of power, sexuality and gender roles.
Nick Gatsby
Daisy's face was smeared with tears, and when I came in she jumped up and began wiping at it with her handkerchief before a mirror. But there was a change in Gatsby that was simply confounding. He literally glowed; without a word or a gesture of exultation a new well being radiated off him and filled the little room
Feminist Lens-
Men Portrayed In the Great Gatsby
Gatsby likes to flaunt his extravagent lifestyle for all to see. He asserts his power by flaunting his money and letting everyone know he has cash $ to burn. In chapter 5 he shows Daisy and Nick his house, and cabinets full of clothes that were shipped from a guy in England. He clearly had lots of money which during that time = power.
Thursday May 15th, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Woman= Submissive, Emotional & Gossipy
How Women are Portrayed
Summary of Chapter
Throughout The Great Gatsby Daisy is already portrayed as a submissive character seen early in chapter 5 " Don't bring Tom. What? Don't bring Tom. Who's tom?" She follows instructions. They also portray women in the book as gossipy and emotional. Chapter 5 shows the after math of Jordan Baker gossiping about Gatsby and Daisy with Nick. Daisy starts to randomly cry about Gatsby nice clothes. But she's polite and knows when to speak, when not to, what to say, how to carry conversations appropriately. Women were very submissive and obedient. This book portrays her as a ditsy, innocent girl.
Nick's love for Gatsby is seen quite often within this chapter, also sexism is seen. Throughout the book Nick often sounds jealous and upset at how taken Gatsby is with Daisy. He said "He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well loved eyes". Nick never fails to prove that he is a man with his demanding words to Daisy. He tells her directly and very stern don't bring Tom I think when he called her he was a little bit upset at how much trouble Gatsby went through to see her. Gatsby had thoroughly planned his meeting with Daisy again and what he would show her. When Gatsby shows her all his clothes, Daisy bursts out crying, stereotyping women for being overly emotional over such small things. This chapter mainly focused on the relationships between Daisy, Gatsby and Nick. I think this chapter may be significant because it shows strong feelings between Gatsby and Daisy and tense, awkward moments with Nick and them.
Chapter 5 Feminist Lens
Nick shows his gender power by
commanding Daisy not to bring Tom
to tea. Nick almost comes off a bit
feminine in the chapter 5, the way he
worries about the tea and about the
snacks he chose. But Nick also shows
Gatsby that he has a voice when he
let's Gatsby know he is well off on his
own. "You'll pardon my- you see i carry
on a little business on the side, a sort
of side line, you understand. And I
thought that if you don't make very much,
your selling bonds aren't you old sport?
Trying to. Well this would interest you. It
wouldn't take much of your time & you might pick up a nice bit of money it happens to be rather confidential sort of thing. I've got my hands full I said, I'm much obligated but couldn't take on anymore work."
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