How do Daisy, Myrtle, and Jordan relate to today's women?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This could be a rather dangerous question.  I think that it's important to not see too much into gender statements in works like Fitzgerald's.  I feel that he might not be making a declarative notion on gender as much as one on the nature of human beings.  I think that it's important to make that known.  If we are to take something from the depiction of Daisy, Myrtle, and Jordan, it would be the superficiality that exists then still does today.  Yet, this is not something limited to women.  Tom is fairly superficial as well and his macho and self inflated vision of identity is something we see in today's setting, as well.  I think that Fitzgerald might be making an overall statement about the way in which people behave as being relevant to the modern setting.  In constructing people who crave social acceptance over all else, he has established a fundamental belief of the lack of real or substantive values within such pursuits.  This is not as much limited to gender as it is a statement about human beings, as a whole.

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