Compare the similarities and difference between Daisy and Jordan in "The Great Gatsby".

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The language that Fitzgerald uses to describe each woman makes them foils, or opposites. Daisy is described in a very feminine way. Nick's describes her face as "lovely," saying her eyes are "bright" and "passionate." Her voice is described as flirtatious and seductive, with "an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget." The descriptions of Daisy always have her in white, a symbol of innocence. Her name is the name of a flower, also a mark of femininity. Her movements are always described as graceful.

Jordan, on the other hand, is described in more masculine terms. Rather than graceful movements, hers are more abrupt and athletic. Instead of lovely and bright, Nick says she is "clean" and "hard." She is "slender" and "small-breasted." Besides the physical description, her position in life is unusual for a woman. She is a professional athlete, unmarried, and very independent in her actions.

Even though they seem like opposites, both women represent the...

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