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Depictions Of Women: The Great Gatsby & “Portrait D’une Femme”

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Modernist authors of the 1920s showed a negative light on the women of this generation. There were a lot of people who experienced disillusionment of the American Dream which included the ‘perfect’ family. In “Portrait D’une Femme”, by Ezra Pound, it shows the view of a woman from a man who clearly had a disillusionment of his idea of women of a perfect life. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the narrator also has a disillusionment of women of the 1920’s. In this piece, it shows the differences and similarities of the social classes; this showed how women act based on their social status in society. Both of these pieces reflect the fast and abrupt changes of women of the 1920’s. The Great Gatsby and “Portrait D’une Femme” both reflect the misogyny of men during the 1920s, who struggled to accept the new, modern woman.
Initially, in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main upper-class women are Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker. Both of the women are presented as women of no morals who only have a love of money and possessions. Both of these women are introduced as the women in white, this color being purity. We evenly see these women the least bit pure and this represents one of the first main examples of inverted symbolism. Evaluating these women one by one, when we look at Daisy we see the ‘trophy wife’. She is the women that every man wanted and every woman wanted to be. As Carol Wershoven puts it, “She is the golden girl in the white palace” (Wershoven). As we get to know Daisy she kind of comes off as the ‘clueless blonde’. She is always seen contemplating what she is doing and what she should be doing in life; almost as if it’s a game and she is still looking for a set of rules to guide her. She herself views girls as fools and mentions this when she talks about her daughter, “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, 17). One can even say that she shows a lack of commitment; not only in marriage but in everyday life. We mainly see this in her marriage she is ready to leave Tom for Gatsby until she sees that Gatsby doesn’t have ‘stable’ money, while Tom does. We also see her lack of commitment for being a mother. When her daughter is first formally introduced we see Daisy just kind of show her off but once see is see by the guest Daisy shoos her off. Then we see no commitment for moral standards. After she murders Myrtle, she flees the country with Tom and when we see Tom again in the novel, he didn’t even know what she had done; he believe it was Gatsby for he had taken the blame for Daisy. Clearly we see Daisy is a promiscuous woman of little to no moral standards.
Looking at Jordan Baker, we see a woman whom holds herself together almost as a man does. She is shown as a liar, cheater and bad driver. “She was incurably dishonest. … Dishonestly in a woman is something you never blamed deeply” (Fitzgerald, 58). Here this...

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