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What Do You Think About the View That There Are No Women in The Great Gatsby With Whom the Reader Can Sympathize?

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Ellie McChesney English Literature What Do You Think About the View That There Are No Women in ?The Great Gatsby? With Whom the Reader Can Sympathize? Sympathy is defined as having feelings of sorrow for someone else?s misfortune. In a novel, sympathizing in a character allows the reader to relate to them. In Fitzgerald?s ?The Great Gatsby?, there is no female character with whom we can sympathize. However, at various points within the novel we do offer our brief condolences to each character. Throughout the novel Daisy Buchanan appears enigmatic to the reader: why is she in a loveless relationship? Why did she leave Gatsby hanging on a thread? Many conclude that the ultimate chapters prove to us in many ways that she is incapable of loving. Shown by her choice to stay with Tom for his wealth and security; rather than choosing Gatsby, for she was ?appalled by its raw vigour that chaffed?. ...read more.


Jordan is an equally difficult character to whom we can sympathize; however, for different reasons. There is only really one instance in the novel that contrasts this view, and that?s when Jordan had ?met another bad driver? in Nick. This does make her emotionally accessible to us; we can feel pity for her. However, this is overshadowed by her compulsive ability to lie. Apparently, she does not ?give a damn? about the end of her and Nick?s relationship; an obvious lie, yet it implies that she will move on soon enough. We will never know if she actually met someone else during her and Nick?s meeting, yet it is unlikely, as she is a neurotic fabricator. Adding to this, we notice that Jordan is a highly destructive and careless character, rather like Daisy. She casually mentions to Nick that she ?left a borrowed car out in the rain, and then lied about it? She is being careless with other peoples property, lying about it to ensure she is not affected by any repercussions?. ...read more.


Much like Gatsby, her dream is forever doomed. Myrtle, in my opinion is a character with we can sympathize the most; her tragic story is rather like Gatsby?s. In that she had an unachievable, completely unattainable dream in her sight, but it was never to be - a doomed dream. I believe all the female characters in ?The Great Gatsby? have characteristics that make us, as the reader to both love and despise them at the same time. Fitzgerald has portrayed them as merely humans with certain traits and bad decisions that moulds them into who they are. All three of these women are accessible to the reader, whilst at the same time completely detached and despised. I believe that the view in question is different for every reader, as they can make their informed opinion on each of these women. As for me, I do feel sympathy for them, but only to a certain extent. ...read more.

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