I am studying The Great Gatsby. The character that I am specifically looking for answers on is Jordan Baker.  I have spent a couple hours looking already for an answer to this question—where...

I am studying The Great Gatsby. The character that I am specifically looking for answers on is Jordan Baker. 

I have spent a couple hours looking already for an answer to this question—where does Jordan Baker want to go in the future? This could be a literal place, or something more conceptual, like for example how Gatsby wanted to be with Daisy in his future. 

Is there somewhere that Jordan Baker wants to go in the future? Does she have a goal that she wants to accomplish in the future?

Any ideas and answers are very much appreciated—thank you!

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Jordan's character is fascinating because she really does not have a long term vision that unifies her being in the world.  She simply exists to be elevated in the eyes of others.  If she wants anything in the future, it would be to be viewed as superior to others.  Jordan is not limited by morality or constructions of a dream-like self.  Rather, she simply desires to be viewed in the best of lights, ahead of others, and continually in control.  Jordan is able to manipulate others and use them as a means to an end, and that end is primarily hers.  She is able to to do this and this constitutes what she wants to do and where she wants to go.  

There is not much in the work that suggests Jordan has a transcendent or unifying vision of the future.  She never pines or wishes to be something more than what she is.  To do so would involve vulnerability, something that is unacceptable for her.  Rather, she seeks to remain in power and continues to exert it at whatever opportunity she can.  She does not necessarily believe in dreams or future visions because doing so would subordinate her power and control to something else.  Jordan does not want to feel limited by anyone or anything.  It is for this reason that she lacks a particular destination in the future and is unwilling to subvert her own will and freedom to a particular goal.  

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