Discuss the significance of Jordan cheating in her first golf tournament in order to win in The Great Gatsby.

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

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Jordan's cheating reveals much about her character.  Jordan is amoral.  She does not cling to moral structures or sentimental expressions.  Jordan is the flapper who embodies most of what it means to be a part of the intense social scene of the 1920s.  Jordan does not care about anything other than her own pleasure and her own happiness.  Her cheating reflects this.  She wants to get ahead and wants whatever will make her happy.  Golf being a "sport of gentlemen" and one that follows "gentleman's rules" would have been seen by Jordan as an opportunity to advance her own desires of winning.  She would never have capitulated to an order or structure, and certainly would not sacrifice for one that is based on intrinsic notions of the good.  Jordan is motivated by the sense of self, and this is reflective in how she carries herself throughout the novel and in her past.

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