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Gender Roles/Relationships in The Great Gatsby

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Katie Flinn

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Gender Roles/Relationships in
The Great Gatsby

By: Katie Flinn
Tom and Daisy
After watching that clip from the film try this one from a different film watch Tom and Daisy and take note on how Tom treats Daisy like an object rather then a person and how unimpressed he is.
(watch from 5:13 on)
Gatsby and Daisy

To help, watch the following video from the film The Great Gatsby and be sure to take note how Gatsby is impressing Daisy with his wealth, and power to make her marry him instead.
The Great Gatsby Gender Roles and Relationships
Traditional Gender Roles
Men: Highly Dominant, Breadwinners, Responsible, no Household Duties
Jay Gatsby
Gatsby is another example on how he uses his Money and Power to follow to Traditional Gender Roles
The 1920's are one of the most historical decades to date. Known as the
'Roaring Twenties'
it was an era of unprecedented affluence, a booming stock market that created millionaires by the thousand. Although a female breakthrough was made throughout the 20's with the right to vote and more women were able to join the workforce, a vast majority were still housewives and were viewed as objects. Where men were still by far the dominant gender and the breadwinners.
By using the symbols of money and power in relationships, Scott Fitzgerald defines the traditional gender roles in
The Great Gatsby
Women: Objects to Men, Cooked, Cleaned, Caretaker of Children, Couldn't stand up for themselves
Daisy and Tom
Daisy and Tom are the perfect example of a traditional couple who follows the traditional gender roles by using the symbols of Money and Power

- Tom is filthy rich, he is the breadwinner of the family , more dominant over Daisy, and holds power over Daisy.
-Daisy fled to Tom because of his wealth, she was viewed as an object to Tom from the beginning, had a child that she attempts to take care of but let's the nannies do it all, so really all she has to do is just look pretty on Tom's arm.
"He gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred thousand dollars" (80).
This quote is a perfect example of how Tom used his Money to get Daisy to marry him which Daisy did of course because that was one of a woman's duties, to marry someone rich and powerful.
Tom would use his money and power to keep Daisy in their marriage, a huge house, nice clothes and jewels so she wouldn't try to leave.

"Tom's got some woman in New York" (19).
This quote also shows how Tom viewed Daisy as an object rather than a person, he would buy her nice things so she would stay quiet, he never valued/cared about her feelings and he didn't care that he had another woman while married to her, he wanted one so he got himself one.
Gatsby was extremely rich and had a lot of social power and dominance, although he was single and never got married he still used his money and power to try and get Daisy.
Gatsby and Daisy
Even though they were never married Gatsby and Daisy have always had a relationship/connection even when Daisy was married to Tom
Unlike Tom, Gatsby actually truly loved Daisy but due to the traditional gender roles Gatsby believed he had to win her over by using his money and power
"He threw all those parties hoping she'd walk in one night" (107)
This quote explains very well how Gatsby used his money and power by throwing huge extravagant parties that everybody craved to go to, all to impress Daisy of his power that he has, as well as how much money he has by making his parties so big and extravagant.
"He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel, which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray. While we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher — shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange, and monograms of Indian blue" (123)
This second quote describes how Gatsby is showing off his money right in front of Daisy, by him throwing all his expensive one of a kind shirts he gets delievered to him every month, he is trying to show Daisy that he has enough money to get rare and one of a kind material things for her particularly anything she desires
Works Cited
"The Roaring Twenties." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 17 July 2015.
YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 17 July 2015.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.
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