Women’s Rights in The Great Gatsby

These selections tell us Society had very high expectations for women during this period.Women were supposed to be perfect. Act in a certain way, look a certain way, behave a certain way. In some cases owned. These selections show perfectly the high expectations.

A woman during this time were supposed to be a perfect image. They were best for looks and nothing else. Daisy from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was a great example of this.She told her baby girl “ I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” She wanted this because then her little girl could grow up and marry a rich man and be taken care of. If she were a fool, then she wouldn’t know when her husband would start to cheat on her as Daisy knew about Tom. Also at this time she was a “Flapper” well, she wore that style. It bothered Tom that she would be running around town. As for him who was cheating on her every chance he got. He thought she should be home and the rules of marriage should be respected and all this when he was the one always cheating. She was the girl tho a looked down on. She had a certain image to uphold.

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Also with the way the women looked they were held responsible for how their children looked. That brings up the next selection. “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin does a great job of showing this point. Desiree had no trace of her background or who she came from. She and her husband had a baby boy who was very much praised and loved by everyone.(At this time African Americans had no rights either, the woman had some.) As the child began to age, it became darker. Considering she had no record of her past the assumed she had African Americans in her blood and it was all her fault because she was the mother. Her husband became hateful to her and the child. She had no other choice but to kill her and her baby. Back then she and the child would have been shunned for the way t…