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Great Gatsby Men Vs. Women

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a story of party people. The book takes place during the Roaring 20's when alcohol was prohibited. Most of the book revolves around the lavish parties that Jay Gatsby has. We find out that the purpose of his grand parties is to lure Daisy Buchanan to his house. Gatsby goes off to war and Daisy married Tom Buchannan because he has money. Nick Carraway is Daisy's cousin who moves to New York and brings Gatsby and Daisy together. Daisy starts to have an affair with Gatsby but her husband, Tom, is already having an affair with Myrtle Wilson. Fitzgerald's male characters are portrayed as egotistical and George Wilson is the only male that is depicted as an honest man. The women in the book are foolish and. Fitzgerald depicts both the men and women as being materialistic. F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts most of the men in the book as egotistical. Tom's cockiness throughout the book can also be taken as egotism. He at one point says to Nick, "Now, don't think my opinion on these matters is final just because I'm stronger and more of a man than you are." (11). When Tom tells Nick that he is stronger than him he shows that he is egotistic. Throughout the book Tom makes reference to his money and all the things he has. He even tries to exhibit his car to Gatsby. Tom is not the only egotistical character in the book; Gatsby is also egotistic but not as much as Tom. He tries to flaunt all the things he has to Daisy. He throws all his silk shirts and expensive clothing out of dressers simply to show Daisy what he has. Gatsby also tries to exhibit his car to Tom. Fitzgerald did not give all of the male characters a bad reputation; he represents George Wilson as an honest man. George Wilson is basically the only character in the book that is actually going after the American Dream. He is working hard to earn money so that he can make something of himself. He is earning his money and not compromising his morals to earn money. He lives by his morals as much as possible. Some may argue that he was not living the American Dream because he shot Gatsby and himself, which is not a part of the American Dream. I think that George was living the American Dream it may have not been the exact American Dream but he was living it more than any other character in the book. The women in the book are very foolish. They do what men want them to do and not what they want to do. When Daisy daughter is first introduced she says, "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." (21). When Daisy says beautiful fool she implies that girls during the Roaring 20's have to be pretty and foolish to get a rich man to marry them and this shows that the women...

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