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The Wielding Women Of The Great Gatsby

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Richard D. Altick once stated, “a woman was inferior to a man in all ways except the unique one that counted most [to a man]: her femininity. Her place was in the home, on a veritable pedestal if one could be afforded, and emphatically not in the world of affairs”. This Victorian ideal completely changed after World War I. With the passage of the 19th amendment (guaranteeing women’s voting rights) females took on a more powerful, masculine role. This new, dominant place in society enabled women to gain power in their societies and especially over men. Women became newly carefree and because neither males nor females respected their morals, the society of the 1920’s grew to be extremely ...view middle of the document...

(Wershoven) Even though Daisy does love Gatsby, she loves material objects more than she loves him. (Wershoven) Daisy is extremely shallow and materialistic, and she is willing to sacrifice her happiness if it means being “revered” in her society.
Daisy is extremely successful in gaining power over Gatsby. She is able to lure him in with her voice, which allows her to draw men close and seduce them. (Goldsmith) Gatsby deems “Her voice is full of money”. Gatsby finds Daisy to be intriguing because she is unattainable to him. Her higher social class is a fantasized aspiration that Gatsby wishes to be a part of. “. . . High in a white palace the king's daughter, 
the golden girl . . . “ (Fitzgerald). Daisy also plays the role of a victim in her superior society that Gatsby will never understand, “…and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. 'All right,' I said, '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) However, when Gatsby offers Daisy an escape from her society, she refuses. She repeatedly tells Gatsby how much she loves him and wants to spend her life with him. However, Daisy will not say that she doesn’t love Tom because she is in love with the status that the name “Buchanan” comes with.
Daisy realizes that she has total control over Gatsby. This is why she lets Gatsby take the fall for her perfunctory actions and is also vindicated from her crime. This is proven true by the symbolism of the car. (Donaldson) While cars represent wealth in the novel, they also represent control. (Donaldson). The fact that Gatsby lets Daisy drive her car shows that she is in total control of his life. (Donaldson) When Daisy gets into a car accident in Gatsby’s car, the scene foreshadows the events that will eventually lead Daisy’s control over Gatsby to his downfall....

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