November 29, 2012
In Louis Tyson’s feminist reading of the Great Gatsby, she explores the lives and actions of the main characters in the novel in a feminist perspective. In Louis Tyson’s opinion, in the “Roaring 20’s” Women were supposed to fallow a patriarchal role and let the men take care of them and care to their needs, while they stay home and take care of the children and the home. Will it is obvious that Daisy follows this idea; she does not follow the traditional patriarchal role. In fact she only follows the role for whom ever has the most wealth and who can better provide for her, in this case it is Gatsby and Tom do a very bad job at keeping her a good respective women. However with the often sexist and condescending nature of men in this time period, perhaps the women of the novel (Daisy, Myrtle, Jordan) are just following their natural inclinations. This is shown clearly in Nicks quote the so-called “reliable narrator”, “…Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply.” This implies a feminine weakness in the woman at the time, from a mans perspective. The Great Gatsby is filled with quintessential feminist taboos, that furthermore support the theory of the reckless new woman.
1) Where does the sexism even come from.
2) Why would F. Scot Fitzgerald deiced for the main women to disobey the status quo.