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The roaring twenties were a revolutionary time for women in America, they were finally getting more rights and independence and with that came the new ideal woman. There were many different versions of this woman based on personal opinions and in the Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald used the constructs of his new ideal woman to represent his version of the American dream.Throughout the book, Fitzgerald uses 1920 beauty standards to represent women’s different versions of the American dream. Daisy Buchanan embodies the perfect and ideal woman. She’s continuously described as young, beautiful, carefree, and happy, she uses these traits to stay at the top of the social ladder. “Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth–but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget.”(P.6) Fitzgerald focuses on Daisy’s beauty and the fact that men find everything about her, down to her voice, extremely appealing and enticing. Daisy’s represents the part of the American dream that everything is exciting and fun, she uses her beauty to her advantage to have men care for her and help her carry on her extremely lavish lifestyle. On the other end of the class spectrum is Myrtle, she climbed her way to the top of the social ladder by becoming the other woman to Tom Buchanan. “She was in the middle thirties, and faintly stout, but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can. Her face, above a spotted dress of dark blue crepe-de-chine, contained no facet or gleam of beauty.”(P.25) Unlike Daisy who was described more by the enticing tone of her voice, Myrtles description is purely based on looks. This is because Myrtle is supposed to be seductive and appealing to men and is treated more as an object. Myrtle knows this and uses her beauty in her favor to get what she wants whether it’s considered morally right or not. She represent the American dream by showing that if you use what you have to your advantage you can make it to the top.Fitzgerald continues to represent the american dream using the women’s personalities. Daisy represents that something may appear one way from the outside but if you look deeper you will see the truth. Fitzgerald describes a very expensive pearl necklace Tom had given Daisy for their wedding that cost 350,000 dollars and then says  “She groped around in a waste-basket she had with her on the bed and pulled out the string of pearls. “Take ’em down-stairs and give ’em back to whoever they belong to. Tell ’em all Daisy’s change’ her mind. Say: ‘Daisy’s change’ her mine!'” (P. 129) You can tell that materialistic items didn’t matter very much to Daisy and she would take love over expensive items any day. Daisys happy, bubbly personality that everyone enjoyed was all a facade and an illusion, because deep down she was very unhappy with her life. She also represents the classic “money doesn’t buy happiness” since she was at the top of her social class and could have anything she wanted and live her life in excess yet she was unhappy since all she wanted was real love. This represents the American dream because it’s also a facade, its a construct that was made up to make America seem perfect, but in reality, it has its flaws. Fitzgerald also uses Jordan Baker to represent the American dream. Jordan is independent and made her money from being a well-known athlete, however, she is also very dishonest and careless. Nick writes about how she’s even cheated during a golf match, “At her first big golf tournament there was a row that nearly reached the newspapers – a suggestion that she had moved her ball from a bad lie in the semi-final round. The thing approached the proportions of the scandal – then died away.” This is mentioned to show that while Jordan represents some of the qualities of the ideal woman she still isn’t perfect and has her flaws. This represents the American dream because Jordan will go to extreme lengths and risk possibly ruining her reputation so she can be successful and not fail. It also goes to show that if you have money you can get away with a lot.F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the most influential writers for the time period however, he had misogynistic views and portrayed the women in his paper not as real women but as the man’s view of a woman. However, this depiction helped Fitzgerald show the American dream from a more characteristic based view and helped him get to a deeper level with his idea of social class. He was able to point out that looks and personality can help you climb to the top, without needing to have skills or talent.