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During the 1920 era men and women were not treated with equality. F. Scott Fitzgerald shows a negative view of women during this time. By producing a novel focused in that era, it causes curiosity on what Fitzgerald was trying to exhibit about women and what he was trying to mention society as one. Fitzgerald shows the vision of women within the 1920’s by portraying the characters as an image of the stereotypes happening during that time. In the Great Gatsby there are men that dominated emotionally over women. For example, Daisy shows through their restricted social independence and appearances that the recent woman of the 1920’s was not an adequate image. Fitzgerald wrote in the reference of the awareness of the early twentieth-century era. Women in this novel exclusively Daisy, were perceived as the so-called “trophy wife”, who was only to catch sight of men and not to be heard of. When Daisy had given birth and discovered it was a girl she wept and said, “All right, i’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 23.)  This cynical outlook on life is brought upon by society’s view on women, seeing them as replaceable objects valued for only appearance. Perhaps being a fool in society where men are placed above women could possibly be the best thing a women can be.  A fool so that her daughter can not be smart enough to realize the actual tragedies happening in the world and the minimal rights of women during that era. Douglas Grudzina discussed the three main areas of study for applying feminist criticism to the novel the Great Gatsby, one of them being “the female experience” which Daisy Buchanan has gone through and experienced with her husband Tom Buchanan.When Daisy is at dinner with Nick, Jordan, and Tom, she began to talk about the bruises on her knuckles that Tom had given her. She furthers this conversation by stating, “That’s what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great big hulking physical specimen (Fitzgerald 19.) Daisy blames herself for Tom’s mistakes and shows her weakness. Also, while daisy is in the middle of expressing what Tom had done she is interrupted by Tom, and she does nothing about it, once again showing her weakness. As Fitzgerald told his friend Andrew Turnbull in Feeling Half Feminine “this is a man’s world. All wise women conform to the man’s lead” (Kerr 406,) Fitzgerald expresses this statement through Daisy’s inability to be independent. Although she understands that it is not okay for her to be treated like that by Tom, she is unable to do anything about it, she is rather bad at being alone. Fitzgerald seems to suggest that women during this `time period are incapable of being individuals because it frightens them and lowers their self-confidence.Therefore, it seems to be that Daisy relies on Tom to fulfill the needs Fitzgerald has insisted.In The Great Gatsby, we notice a lot of inequality directed to women with gender roles, such as women were expected to operate a certain way to do certain things. For example, in chapter four the narrator, Nick Carraway, illustrates a scene when Daisy got drunk. Jordan walks in on Daisy not acting like a lady the day before her wedding, ” I was a bridesmaid I came into her room half an hour before the bridal dinner…as drunk as a monkey. I can tell you; I’d never seen a girl like that before” (Fitzgerald 83.) Fitzgerald describes how Daisy gets drunk and how Nick Carraway is stunned to see her like that. The reason for her crying was because of Gatsby letter to her, but to get drunk was unacceptable if it were to have been the opposite gender it may have not been the same story. It is biased for someone to be expected to do something based particularly on their gender. Madelon Powers stated “women did indeed drink publicly” in her article called Women In A New World, if this was produced in the 1920’s around the time Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby, why was Jordan so shocked to witness Daisy drunk? Therefore women drinking during this time period shouldn’t come as a shock just as men consuming alcohol is socially acceptable. Fitzgerald implies throughout the novel women are dependent on men and are only allowed to do what they think society thinks is acceptable. Daisy proves that women are seen as objects rather than a person and are often overlooked during this era. Daisy, like many other female characters in this book never fully expressed themselves because of the male dominance and the feeling of being inferior to them. Therefore women in The Great Gatsby were certainly not treated with the same qualities as men.

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