The Great Gatsby Character Essay

There is no positive female character in the novel The Great Gatsby.

Feminist critic Judith Fetterley who is quoted by Parkinson says “Ownership of women is invoked as the index of power” (8).

First, the narrator is just from the First World War and seeks to settle and takes a job in New York.

In search for wealth and happiness, he rents a bungalow in West Egg next to a generous and mysterious bachelor Jay Gatsby, who owned a mansion.

Daisy says “the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (5), and she knows that Tom has been seeing another woman, but nothing much is done about the situation.

Daisy saying that the best thing a girl can be is a beautiful little fool, reflects society at that time, that it was all still full of inequalities.Tom comes out as a man who has so much power to bully everybody, including Myrtle’s husband Wilson, he also has so much control in Daisy his wife.Normally, one will expect that Nick being a cousin to Daisy will resist seeing their close relatives get involved in extra-marital affairs.The great Gatsby is one of the oldest novels having been written in 1925.From the novel, it is evident that it was written in the days when the society was by far patriarchal.Tom’s relationship with the two women is abusive and of so much control.He abuses Myrtle publicly in the name of making her straight by even beating her. Scott Fitzgerald, Daisy Buchanan is an important woman character, but only in relation to Jay Gatsby’s dream.Ever since Gatsby had come back from the army, he had longed to have Daisy back in his life, and so everything he did and built up was in some way for her (e.g. Nick says: “He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy” (1).“The instant her voice broke off…I felt the basic insincerity of what she had said.It made me uneasy, as though the whole evening had been a trick”’ (10).


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