Gender Roles In The Great Gatsby

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The moral concerns of an era are constructed by social attitudes; comparing texts give us an insight into how author attitudes are shaped by their era. Both F.Scott. Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby and Elizabeth Barret Browning’s’ The sonnets from Portuguese explore these themes through the central dogma of Ever changing trainset love and the detrimental or beneficial connotations of the stereotypes of gender specific societal roles. Both composers examine how a love based on material concerns is Transient and inauthentic. The vast array of changing love whether it be idealistic, heart-felt, or materialistic, guide a societies morale and the underlining concerns that arise. This is revealed through Fitzgerald contrasting his life experiences…show more content…
Contrasting the Great Gatsby whereby we see the demeaning conations of keeping these values, coinciding the sonnets from Portuguese whereas Robert deviates these values. Intertextually we understand the beneficial or detrimental concern that effect their relationships with society. F. Scott. Fitzgerald portrays his views on gender stereotypes throughout his novel, mentioning the overlooking values he shares because of his own experiences of having to be a man that can provide and protect his partner to be a worthy marital candidate. Barret Browning challenges these gender roles, pleading for Robert to change, taking on the feminine traits of purity and ‘silent love’. Fitzgerald explores these social gender stereotypes in the extract form chapter 8 “I’ve always been glad I said that. It was the only compliment I ever gave him” the irony of this internal thought delineates the social pride a man believed he had, but only saw on himself during this era of Fitzgerald’s life. Fitzgerald conveys his moral concern of a generation with the stereotyped ego man parallel with a submissive wife. earlier in the novel tom puts this manly ego in to play “Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand” the imagery contrasts the forceful nature of tom Buchanan, stereotyping the typical dominant partner of a disobedient woman. Fitzgerald expresses his moral concerns about the typicality of this egotistical dominant attitude men are perceived to have, and throughout the book, makes light on the consequences of a man’s’ actions. This manly dominant ego is contradicted by Elizabeth Barret browning views, reaching for the opposing qualities she desires in a man, wanting a more feminine and submissive character that a woman is stereotyped to be. In the Sonnets from Portuguese XXVIII Barret Browning writes, I am thine---and
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