In the novel The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald in 1920’s girls became more accepted for showing their freedom. A character in the book named Daisy showed dependency throughout her relationships and this can be seen through the Feminist Lens. Daisy depends on Tom while she’s married to him because she can’t stand being without him, She depends on Gatsby when she has an affair with him by leading him on, and she shows that she can’t leave either of them which shows that she has to be dependent on men. One reason why Daisy shows dependence in her marriage is because she can’t handle being without him within a few minutes.
The narrator says “I saw them in Santa Barbara when they come back and I thought I’d never seen a girl so mad about her husband. If he left the room for a minute, she would look around uneasily and say “”Where’s Tom gone?” and wear the most abstracted expression until she saw him coming in the door.” (Fitzgerald 77) the words cant, mad, uneasily shows that Daisy lacks independence. In 1920’s women were all about independence. Daisy’s character shows dependency through the feminist lens.
As a result, she is portrayed as an untraditional woman. Another reason why Daisy doesn’t show independence is because she won’t leave Tom for Gatsby. Gatsby says “She’ll be all right tomorrow,” he said presently. “I’m just going to wait here and see if he tries to bother her about that unpleasantness this afternoon. She’s locked herself into her room, and if he tries any brutality she’s going to turn the light out and on again” (144).
Gatsby protects her from the incident with Myrtle even though Daisy should handle the situation herself. A couple Key words that show she can’t be independent are waiting, unpleasantness, brutality. This Feminist Lens shows that the untraditional women shouldn’t rely on anyone. Therefore, Daisy is being dependent on her men which make her traditional. The relationship between both her lovers is very complicated and makes her dependable even more.
The narrator says “Daisy and Tom were sitting opposite each other at the kitchen table, with a plate of cold fried chicken between them and two bottles of ale. He was talking intently across the table at her, and in his earnestness his hand had fallen upon and covered her own. Daisy shows dependence when she looked up at him and nodded in agreement” (145). In this scene where myrtle had just died, Daisy allows Tom to protect her because she doesn’t know how to take responsibilities for her own actions because she’s use to men being there for her. Daisy says “Oh, you want too much!” She cried to Gatsby.
“I love you now- isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past.” She began to be helpless by Tom. “I did love him once-but I loved you too.” (p.132) she can’t decide on who she wants to be with it, so she just waits for them to say something for her. She’s not independent.
In conclusion, Daisy shows dependency throughout her marriage with Tom, having an affair with Gatsby, and relying on both of them at the same time. A reiteration on my feminist lens shaped my analysis because it shows that daisy is dependent on her men when in the 1920s that showed the complete opposite of girls being free and independent. Daisy contributes to my analysis overall because I felt like she was interesting and the best person to do feminist lens on.