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The Women of The Great Gatsby In F Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby a main theme is the contrast between the upper and working societal classes The novel set in the twenties displays the contrast between these classes that is still transpiring in the nineties Jay Gatsby Jordan Baker Daisy and Tom Buchanan represent individuals from the upper class whereas Myrtle and George Wilson are representative of the working lower class individuals in society We learn about these characters through Nick a middle class man In this essay I will focus on contrasting the upper class women- Daisy and Jordan- with the working class woman- Myrtle Wilson- and how one becomes emotionally whole through self expression Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker were both born into families with money When Daisy married Tom Buchanan she married into more wealth Jordans tennis career has kept her with money and thereby allows her to live in the upper class lifestyle Both women are far removed from the reality of knowing what it is like to work and struggle to get by in life Both have been able to enjoy the lavish lifestyle of the upper class without having had to work for it Both Daisy and Jordan are quite flighty superficial and tend to show no real emotion towards anyone or anything If the emotion does show generally it is only a flicker the women then go back to the composed world they belong to When discussing the birth of her daughter to Nick Daisy says And I hope shell be a fool- thats the best thing a girl can be in this world a beautiful little fool Fitzgerald 21 This comment may also represent how Daisy feels about herself After listening to Daisy for a little while longer Nick feels the basic insincerity of what she had said Daisy and Jordans main purpose in life consists of looking good to the outside world
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