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1

How women portrayed as liberated in the novel?

The female guests at Gatsby's parties are described as "wanderers, confident girls" - they aren't tied to men.

2

Contradict how women are liberated.

Despite their liberated appearance, there are hints that sexist values exist - wives are "lifted kicking into the night" by their husbands

3

Describe how Daisy is liberated.

Young Daisy had a "little white roadster" and she was sexually liberated, freely flirting with army officers.

4

What is Daisy's life defined by?

Her relationships with men - when she was young she "wanted her life shaped", and saw marriage as the only way she could do this. She is Tom's wife, not her own person.

5

Why is the novel's focus mostly male?

Gatsby is the protagonist, Nick is the narrator, and Tom helps to drive the plot forward - both by his affair with Myrtle and by forcing a confrontation with Gatsby.

6

What are women props for?

They are props to reveal the male characters' personalities
e.g. Daisy's main role is as the object of Gatsby's desire.