The Emergence of women and the decline of male dominance in the 1920â€™sDuring the 1920â€™s, the role women had under men was making a drastic change, and it is shown in The Great Gatsby by two of the main female characters: Daisy and Jordan. One was domesticated and immobile while the other was not. Both of them portray different and important characteristics of the normal woman growing up in the 1920â€™s.The image of the woman was changing along with morals.Females began to challenge the government and the society. Things like this upset people, especially the men.
The men were upset because this showed that they were losing their long-term dominance over the female society.Daisy is in a relationship where she is unhappy.Not only is she unhappy, she is immobile and has no say in just about anything that goes on.Relationships in the 1920â€™s were just like this scenario.
Women were dominated by their husbands and unhappy. They were objects that were to be domesticated and be under the command of â€œthe manâ€.It was during this time that woman were starting to take a stand and be in charge.They were done with standing on the sidelines while their husband had reign over their lives.
In the beginning of the twenties a change was made. On August 18, 1920 the 19th Amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote.This gave women the chance to have a voice in the government.In 1922 Nellie Tayloe Ross, the nations first female governor, was elected in Wyoming.
Giving women the right to vote was the first step to helping them emerge from out of the shadows of a male dominated society.Daisy wanted to drive Gatsbyâ€™s car and was cheating on Tom. Jordan was a golf champion.It was usual for the men to be dishonest to their spouses, but not for women. A thing like driving cars was a â€œmans thing to doâ€.Also there were certain sports that women just werenâ€™t supposed to play.
Along with the emergence into society, came a new set of morals.Women were beginning to think and act for themselves.They changed the man made stereotypes that they had been brought up to think, into something brand new. â€œNever had a drink before, but oh how I do enjoy itâ€(Gatsby pg.76).
Daisy Buchanan who always tried to act in the past said this quote.Women were starting to smoke and drink which was seen as unacceptable.They changed the way they looked and felt. Also there was the beginning of the â€œworking womanâ€. For example, Jordan had a job being a professional golfer where as Daisy relied on Tomâ€™s money to get by. Although there werenâ€™t that many women at the time getting jobs, and the salary was sometimes ridiculously low (at around the pay of a child), this was just another step that women took to show that men were no longer the dominant species.
Many of the rebellious women attended Gatsbyâ€™s parties.â€œâ€¦and verandas are gaudy with primary colors, and hair shorn in strange new waysâ€¦â€(Gatsby pg. 40). Before the twenties the women was to dress in dark colors and conduct herself in an orderly manner. The hemline was strictly below the ankle and hair was to be worn long.The women were told to â€œhold their tongueâ€. Daisy was trying to stay in the past by obeying her husband and following the â€œrulesâ€.
At the beginning of the roaring twenties this changed. The normal look of a feminist of the 1920â€™s was the flapper look.She wore dresses that came above her ankle, and bold makeup.She cut her hair short so that it was by the neck.
She danced â€œobsceneâ€ dances like the Charleston. The flapper was determined to express herself and break free from tradition.They were mostly seen in the big cities and college campuses. â€œWhile the hemlines, raised the stockings became more and more sheer giving the impression of nude legs,â€ (The Roaring Twenties Biography page 32). The women are no longer caring about being domesticated and under control. States tried to stop the movement by passing new laws, but women persisted.
Things were going to change, and no matter what it took, women were going to break out of old traditions. They wanted to show that they were capable of just as much as men were. â€œAs he left the room she got up and went over to Gatsby and pulled his face down, kissing him in the mouth.â€ In The Great Gatsby, Daisy cheated on Tom, and was intimate with Gatsby.Daisy, the domesticated wife of Tom Buchanan was trying to stay in the past, but you can see by the way she is with Gatsby; she is already exhibiting the rebellious behavior of the flapper woman.
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