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Women and

Sympathy

Objectives
Know how women are presented in The Great Gstsby
Be able to explore a view in depth using relevant
textual support
Undertstand how to plan and structure a response to
section A (Part b) of the exam

Snog, Marry, Avoid*

*Completely
metaphorical

The Question

What do you think about the view that


there are no women in The Great
Gatsby with whom the reader can
sympathise?

Task
Each of you will be given an undercover
brief
DO NOT SHOW / DISCUSS THIS WITH
ANYONE ELSE UNDERCOVER = SECRET.
You have 10 mins to complete your task
one clear point and evidence to back
this up is fine.
You will then need to put this on a post it
note and pass it to the Chief (me)

A Way In
Think about your character
in the following ways:
Destination
Nicks interpretation of the
character bias?
Their actions and motivation
How they are physically
portrayed
The context of the novel
How they influence other
characters

Pro-Myrtle
She has dreams and aspirations
she doesnt want to live on the edge
of society forever on the edge of the
wasteland
Her husband is un-intelligent, meek
like he was a ghost cant give her
what she needs
In ch7 her husband locks her up and
is violent
She is stuck in a dismal life in the

Pro-Myrtle
She sees Tom as her way out
Her death is a sad and violent event
waste of life.
She wants to be happy and fulfil her
dreams.
Victim of consumerism she cannot
be expected to live in the Valley of
the Ashes dreaming her life away.
She is a pawn in the careless games
of the rich; talking the brunt of the

Anti-Myrtle
She comes across as very flirtatous
She carried her flesh sensuously;
wet her lips; Looking at him flush in
the eye
It is hard to sympathise with her
because shes happy to be treated
like a dog by Tom to get ahead in the
world
She is cheating on her husband who
clearly loves her.

Anti-Myrtle
She is selfish only cares about
herself.
Treats George badly spoke to her
husband in a soft, coarse voice.
Using Tom as an escape route only
cares about money and wealth
She doesnt have good motives and
is willing to cheat to get what she
wants

Pro-Daisy
Submissive doesnt question or
fight against Tom when she know he
has another woman
Men at the time wanted wives like
this
Trapped victim of her class. Has to
keep up appearances in a loveless
marriage.
Physically potrayed as sweet, pure,
innocent her white dress, rippling

Pro-Daisy
Car accident: she was in a a
vulnerable state - had been drinking
all afternoon
She just wants to be happy / content
Her husband is having an affair
She is aware of what is happening
but is powerless to do anything about
it.
Tom is the dominant one in the
relationship

Anti-Daisy
Nicks descriptions of her are bias
she is romanticised
She is lazy and has no motivation
symptomatic of her class
Cheats on her husband
She is fickle loved Gatsby but
couldnt be bothered to wait
Weak and dependent
Stereotypical fulfills a gender role
but never seen with baby or cooking

Anti-Daisy
Terrible influence on Gatsby her
careless actions result in his death
She is childish and lazy no
motivation, never had to work hard
to achieve anything, everything been
given to her and she just accepts it.
She is self-consumed does not care
about anyone else other than herself
She cheats says she loves two men.

Pro-Jordan
Shes over-shadowed constantly by
Daisy
She is very judged liar, cheat
Nicks biased opinion.
She has little choice contextually
female character independent (unmarried, against expectations of
society)
She is judged and then abandoned
by Nick

Pro-Jordan
She is loyal and can be relied on
In ch7 when Nick is fed up of
everyone he says suddenly that
included Jordan too In the novel she
has been Nicks love interest and he
just takes everything out on her.

Anti-Jordan
She likes to gossip Dont talk. I
want to hear what happens
She listens to all the gossip and
wants to know whats going on, even
if its about her friends. She cant be
trusted she is dishonest and tries to
fit in with society
Nick sees her as careless
representative of the rich cheats
and doesnt care about the

Plenary
From what we have learnt
today about the three women
characters complete a 5 min
essay plan to help you write a
response.
Look at the Band 6 mark
scheme to help you complete
the boxes
5 mins GO