Are women treated like objects in The Great Gatsby? I want to know whether they are treated badly by men, or whether they use the men for the money.

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Since the 1920s were a time in which women began to exercise independence, Fitzgerald's portrayal of women as objects would be somewhat inaccurate.  While the chauvanistic Tom Buchanan does, indeed, show no respect for the opposite gender, Daisy chooses to act as a fool on her own.  In fact, she says of her daughter,

And I hope she'll be a fool—that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.

Daisy loves living the life of the wealthy, so after she hits and kills Mrytle, she hides behing Tom and his wealth, as a fool, but it is her choice.

Likewise, Jordan Baker is on her own amoral path to having fun. A very independent young woman, she uses and misuses people for her enjoyment.  Rather than being treated as a sex object, Jorday mistreats many herself.  She disposses of people and possesses an immorality about her.

One of the points of the book was to illustrate how carelessly all relationships were approached. Women were treated like objects by the men in the...

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