How does Fitzgerald prove that Jordan fits the role of the flapper in The Great Gatsby?  

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

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Fitzgerald has Jordan fit the role of "the flapper" in a couple of distinct ways.  The first is that Jordan is the quintessential modern women.  There is little surrender in Jordan.  This is typical of "the flapper," who was able to control the social scene of the 1920s.  When Jordan cheats at golf, she does so to be in control.  When Jordan gossips, she does so to ensure she is social control.  These traits are typical of "the flapper," who dominated any social scene in which she was placed.  Jordan is one who ensures that others bend to her own will, something that is highly representative of the flapper.  Even in her mannerisms of dress, smoking, and her attitudes towards sexual and emotional identity, Fitzgerald creates a character that is representative of "the flapper" and not representative of the typical conception of women that had been presented in literature up to that point.