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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald depicts the society of the roaring twenties These years following World War I were characterized by a remarkable change in social roles This aspect is mostly portrayed in the story by a woman Jordan Baker is a secondary character By looking closely at her appearances in the story it comes to light that she fulfills two functions both linked to Nick Carraway she provides him many informations about the past mostly about Gatsby and Daisy and gives him a romantic interest Those three purposes make Jordan Baker a key character Nevertheless Nick reduces her to a plot device The story takes place in 1922 four years after the end of World War I Every aspects of society were changing after four years of war people needed a time of transition and development The feminine ideal of this time is called a flapper In contrast to the Gibson girl who was the model before the war the flapper is defined in the dictionary asa fashionable young woman intent on enjoying herself and flouting conventional standards of behaviourJordan Baker has every typical characteristics that defines a flapper according to Catherine Gourley in Flappers and the New American Woman Perceptions of Women from 1918 Through the 1920s When Nick sees her for the first time she is extended full length at her end of the Buchanans divan 12 which conveys the impression that she is care-free She is contrary to Daisy and Myrtle single Daisy even wants to set her up with Nick 19 Jordanloves to party And I like large parties Theyre so intimate At small parties there isnt any privacy 41Nick describes her physically in a quite boyish way She is slender small breasted and has an erect carriage 12 which corresponds to the flappers appearance too She plays golf professionally an occupation which is quite manly connoted and that conveys the assumptions that she
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