Misogyny Reflected in the Movie The Great Gatsby

Yuwen ZHU


The famous movie The Great Gatsby ever creates a peak in movies world. Whether the famous stars or the people’s make-ups in the movie are the forever attraction for the watchers. It is one world-known great work and wins many prizes in the world. In the movie there are two main male characters and three female characters and misogyny is shown off through the words and plots.

This paper tries to analyze the images of the three main female characters and the narrator Nick’s prejudice against women to explore misogyny embodied in the work. In Nick’s description, Daisy is empty and indifferent, indulged in material life; Jordan is a golf player, a new female, but she deceives more and benefits herself first; Myrtle is the label of vanity and ridiculousness, the ugly and dark image in materialistic society. In fact, Nick’s has double moral standards. In his eyes, the females are lure, sexy and pump and depending on the man while the males are the representative of power, strong and tough. The female characters are arranged many miserable punishments for their breed and vanity, such as some being killed in accidents with miserable ending, some abandoned by men and some losing her real lover. But the man’s bad behaviors receive less punishment, such as Tom betraying Daisy and playing Myrtle’s love.



Distorted images; Misogyny; Double standards

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/9209


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