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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 sympathise?

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Sympathy in novels can be defined as: the reader sharing an emotion with a character; usually achieved by creating pity for the character and making them relatable to. In The Great Gatsby no women achieve this criteria. Daisy does not draw pity from the reader, nor can the reader relate to her - meaning they do not sympathise with her. Although, it is possible to argue that being unhappy in a marriage - shown by her reaction to Tom speaking to his lover during dinner - is something she has in common with 1920's America. However, she takes action, on this feeling, in her deliberate attempts to punish Tom by 'kissing' Gatsby behind his back. ...read more.


Jordan is not sympathised with either, however, for different reasons. One contrasting line is that Jordan 'met another bad driver' in Nick and was therefore hurt, something which does create pity and is relatable to. However, the pity that is created is limited as she states that she does not 'give a damn' about the relationship ending. An obvious lie, but it does suggest she will soon move on - reducing the amount of pity created. Furthermore, the reader is unable to relate to her as she is presented to be hypocritical in the idea that she understands she is a 'rotten driver' but is still angry when she meets another. Additionally, as she knows this flaw yet refuses to alter it suggests a laziness that is not relatable to because of the ludicrous presentation - her saying other will 'keep out of the way'. ...read more.


This is because the image of her being full of 'vitality' is made negative by the fact she uses it 'violently' in 'her assertions'. Suggesting a lack of moral fibre as she is also participating in an affair - which is not relatable to. Furthermore, the act of 'chang[ing] her costume' shows her desire to be something more - linking to Fitzgerald's criticism of society. Although the American Dream is normally relatable to in this instance it is not, due to its negative portrayal - the materialistic nature of Gatsby's parties. Therefore, as the American Dream is presented to be wrong, Myrtle's desire to be more is not relatable to, meaning the pity created by her death is nothing more. In conclusion, none of the main women in The Great Gatsby fulfil the criteria, of evoking pity and being relatable to, for sympathy. This is largely due to a sense of immorality. ...read more.

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