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In Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby we see that the character of Jordan Baker is quite different from other women of her time She has beliefs and values that are radically different from everybody elses Through her actions it is clear that she represents the emergence of a different type of woman -- one who is self sufficient -- in the 1920s Fitzgerald uses this individual to symbolize the changing ways of life in America Jordan Baker Daisys friend is portrayed by Fitzgerald as a masculine figure One of the first things we find out about this woman is the fact that she is a professional golf player Nowadays we dont find anything unusual about this but in the twenties it was quite unusual to find a woman playing golf When we first meet this character she is described as a slender small breasted girl with an erect carriage which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet Small breasts are usually symbolic of a masculine figure as would being a young cadet Later on we see her reading the Saturday Evening Post and turning the pages with a flutter of slender muscles in her arms Reading a newspaper would be an unlikely action of a woman of that time and even her muscles reveal her masculine features Fitzgeralds masculine depiction of Miss Baker in this fashion shows the reader the coming of a self sufficient woman into our times In addition to Jordans physical features her beliefs and values show that she is far from a typical woman of the time At her first big golf tournament there had been speculation concerning Jordan moving her ball from a bad lie indicating her defiance of the rules of the game as well as her habits of being dishonest and being a cheater Many women of this time would not find the need to cheat and be dishonest and therefore it
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