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Compare and contrast the female characters (Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Myrtle...

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gaboy11th | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 20, 2008 at 10:24 PM via web

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Compare and contrast the female characters (Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Myrtle Wilson) in "The Great Gatsby?"

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 21, 2008 at 4:43 AM (Answer #1)

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Daisy is beautiful and Jordan is also attractive.  Myrtle is described as sensual.  All three women are appealing to men in a physical sense.  All three women are used by men in different ways.  Daisy is abused by Tom, Myrtle is also abused by Tom, Jordan is an example of someone who is the "eye-candy" many men want on their arm at extravagant parties.  All three women are vapid.  They only want material things. They want money, power, and looks.  They don't always succeed.  Myrtle is from the wrong side of the tracks; she is married to the local mechanic. Myrtle lives over a car garage with her husband, but is having an affair with Tom Buchanan. Myrtle wants Tom to leave Daisy and take her away, but that's never going to happen.  Myrtle becomes a victim of her desire for Tom because she is killed running out to his car. Myrtle is a tragic figure and Jordan is shallow  She uses people to achieve her goals. She is beautiful, but empty of empathy or sympathy. "There is an amoral aura about her, and her world revolves around herself and false material values. Jordan is distinguished from Daisy by her hard, unsentimental view of romance."

Daisy is "one of the true 'Golden Girls' of Fitzgerald's stories, the wealthy, hard-to-get debutante, a romantic dreamer.  Her whole careless world revolves around this illusion: that money makes everything beautiful, even if it is not." 

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