"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." - Nick Carraway's father - The Great Gatsby.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Beautiful Women of Gatsby







The women in The Great Gatsby are full of interesting things. With each having their own personalities and secrets it makes them just more interesting.
Daisy Buchanan is Tom’s wife and Gatsby’s love of his life. Daisy is shown to be someone who is usually happy when she is given things or when things are going her way. Daisy is very rich and for that she depends on money to do the job and make her happy. She lives in one of the richest parts of East Egg and hopes that her daughter will be like her when she grows up to be just like her "And I hope she'll be a fool --that's the best thing a girl can be in this world today, a beautiful little fool." (Fitzgerald 24). Another problem with Daisy is her past with men. Her past with men has damaged her a bit. With Tom cheating on her and Gatsby coming back and declaring her love for her. Daisy’s beautiful, mysterious, but on the inside she can be really selfish.
Jordan Baker is very cynical, boyish, self-centered, and dishonest. Why dishonest, well she cheated her way to winning her first golf tournament. But despite all that Nick falls in love with Jordan and happy that she isn’t like Daisy. “That is, she is not the kind of girl who holds onto the past, a girl "too wise ever to carry well-forgotten dreams from age to age".” (The Great Gatsby Characters= Shmoop). Jordan and Daisy are best friends but at times they can both be really clueless and careless. But at the end that is why Nick ends up disliking her.
Myrtle Wilson is George Wilson’s wife and Tom’s lover. Myrtle believes that Tom is in love with but cant leave Daisy because she’s catholic which isn’t true at, but she believes it. Myrtle believes that George is passive and a coward and Tom is controlling and authoritative. Even though Myrtle puts up with Tom’s abuse us because she wants to feel a man’s power that her husband obviously doesn’t not have.
As you can see the only three girls in the novel are drama-filled divas. They all have their problems but that is just what makes them them.


SOURCES:
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. Print.
"The Great Gatsby Characters." Shmoop: Study Guides & Teacher Resources. Web. 23 May 2010. .



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