The novel Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was completed and published in Paris, where Fitzgerald lived during his trip to Europe. The events in the novel happen not far from New York City, on the Golden Coast of Long Island, among the villas of the rich. In the 1920s, after the chaos of the First World War, American society has entered an unprecedented streak of prosperity: during the Roaring 20s, the US economy was developing rapidly. At the same time the dry law has made many millionaires and bootleggers to start organized crime. Admiring the rich and their charm, Fitzgerald at the same time condemns the unlimited materialism and lack of moral America at that time.
All the women described in the novel, whether it is the beloved of Jay Gatsby – Daisy Buchanan, her friend – Jordan Baker, and Tom Buchanan’s mistress, Myrtle Wilson, – are women, who are blinded by the wealth and the desire to live luxuriously. The vanity in the novel is represented on the basis of three female characters.
Daisy was brought up in luxury, not knowing worries, and surrounded by rich admirers. She is described as prosperous and proud, who is infinitely far from exhausting struggles of the poor. She did not pay attention to the handsome officer Gatsby, knowing his poverty. She could not wait long for a loved one, and wanted some force – love, money, undeniable benefits, which were not far. Her feelings were not in settlement. And when Tom Buchanan proposed to her, she agreed. His wealth and weight in society flattered her vanity. But at the sight of Gatsby’s cabinet filled with the most expensive shirts, she begins to cry, regretting the perfect choice. Gatsby becomes her lover. And she betrays him twice, throwing in the lurch. The main thing in Daisy’s life is money and wealth that rescued her from punishment for the murder of Myrtle Wilson.
Myrtle Wilson, like Daisy, is the bearer of vice of lust and betrayal in a brighter image. She directly announces to her husband that she has a lover, who is richer than him, after which, she is ironically hit by a car, which was driven by Daisy Buchanan – the wife of her lover, Tom Buchanan.
Jordan Baker was mindlessly fluttered along the roads of life. She early got accustomed to commit indiscretions, and, with the help of her foul play in golf, was going to get rich. Jordan deliberately avoids smart, insightful people, feeling more confident among those, who won’t even think about that she is able to accomplish something against the accepted norms of behavior. She always gets away, although her life is filled with lies.
The novel Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was completed and published in Paris, where Fitzgerald lived during his trip to Europe. The events in the novel happen not far from New York City, on the Golden Coast of Long Island, among the villas of the rich.