Great Gatsby - Men vs. Women

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a story of party people. The book takes place during the Roaring 20's when alcohol was prohibited. Most of the book revolves around the lavish parties that Jay Gatsby has. We find out that the purpose of his grand parties is to lure Daisy Buchanan to his house. Gatsby goes off to war and Daisy married Tom Buchannan because he has money. Nick Carraway is Daisy's cousin who moves to New York and brings Gatsby and Daisy together. Daisy starts to have an affair with Gatsby but her husband, Tom, is already having an affair with Myrtle Wilson. Fitzgerald's male characters are portrayed as egotistical and George Wilson is the only male that is depicted as an honest man. The women in the book are foolish and. Fitzgerald depicts both the men and women as being materialistic.

F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts most of the men in the book as egotistical.

Tom's cockiness throughout the book can also be taken as egotism. He at one point says to Nick, "Now, don't think my opinion on these matters is final just because I'm stronger and more of a man than you are." (11). When Tom tells Nick that he is stronger than him he shows that he is egotistic. Throughout the book Tom makes reference to his money and all the things he has. He even tries to exhibit his car to Gatsby. Tom is not the only egotistical character in the book; Gatsby is also egotistic but not as much as Tom. He tries to flaunt all the things he has to Daisy. He throws all his silk shirts and expensive clothing out of dressers simply to show Daisy what he has. Gatsby also tries to exhibit his car to Tom.