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Gender Roles in the Great Gatsby

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Aindra Thin

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GENDER ROLES IN THE GREAT GATSBY By Aindra Thin "Two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white…the two young women ballooned slowly to the floor" (12). *Rhetoric: imagery, connotation, metaphor, characterization, personification, repetition "She dressed in white and had a little white roadster" (79). "Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols, weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans" (122). Characterization of Women "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" (15). "‘In two weeks it’ll be the longest day in the year.’ She looked at us all radiantly" (16). *Rhetoric: characterization, imagery, simile, point of view "'I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool'" (21). "'Tom's getting very profound,' said Daisy with an expression of unthoughtful sadness" (17). "‘It takes two to make an accident'" (63). *Rhetoric: examples, characterization THESIS:
By emphasizing the significance of money and power in relationships, as well using effective rhetoric, F Scott Fitzgerald defines traditional gender roles in the Great Gatsby. Back to thesis:
By emphasizing the significance of money and power in relationships, as well using effective rhetoric, F Scott Fitzgerald defines traditional gender roles in the Great Gatsby. "Girl" vs "Woman" "In his blue gardens men and girls came and went" (43). "Two girls in twin yellow dresses" (47). "The other girl, Daisy... laughed, an absurd, charming little laugh, and I laughed too" (13). "Girl": youthful, lively, free-spirited

"Woman": Mature, calm, grown-up Connotations "‘Tom’s got some woman in New York’" (19). "The thickish figure of a woman blocked out the light from the office door. She was in the middle thirties, and faintly stout" (29). versus: "'I want you to meet my girl'" (28). *Rhetoric: diction, connotation, emotional appeal *Rhetoric: imagery, point of view Back to thesis:
By emphasizing the significance of money and power in relationships, as well using effective rhetoric, F Scott Fitzgerald defines traditional gender roles in the Great Gatsby. "He gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars" (80). "'I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in and never even told me about it… I lay down and cried'" (38). "On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city, between nine in the morning and long past midnight" (43). "She had a bottle of sauterne in one hand and a letter in the other... Say ‘Daisy’s change’ her mine!’ She began to cry" (81). "‘They’re such beautiful shirts,’ she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. ‘It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before'" (98). *Rhetoric: symbolism, characterization *Rhetoric: symbolism, inference, abstract, emotional appeal Dominance of Men Back to thesis:
By emphasizing the significance of money and power in relationships, as well using effective rhetoric, F Scott Fitzgerald defines traditional gender roles in the Great Gatsby. "‘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" (41). "‘I’ve got my wife locked in up there,’ explained Wilson calmly. ‘She’s going to stay there till the day after tomorrow and then we’re going to move away’" (143). *Rhetoric: characterization How would you define traditional gender roles?
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