The American Dream and Women in F. Scott Fitzgerald
Quigley, Kenneth Howard
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The women in F. Scott Fitzgerald's fiction run of a kind: wealthy, spoiled, unthinkingly selfish. Fitzgerald's portraits of these beautiful one-dimensional 'flapper girls' are famous. Fitzgerald's heroines are often thought to typlify the twentieth-century American woman in literature, a bitch who corrupts and destroys. I have attempted to show that Fitzgerald's women, rather than being simply blasphemously portrayed to damn womanhood, are used for their symbolic value in relation to his theme: the American Dream. Perosa sums up Fitzgerald's use of women: where the sentimentality and cheapness of the romance are most blatant, they are used structurally to illuminate the final meaning, that is, the corruption of the American Dream.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.