Jordan Baker – The Great Gatsby | Major English Grade XII

The Great Gatsby

Jordan Baker – The Great Gatsby | Major English Grade XII

Description of Jordan Baker

Jordan Baker is Daisy’s friend. She is a woman with whom Nick becomes romantically involved during the course of the novel. She represents one of the ‘new women’ of the 1920s – cynical, boyish, and self-centered. She is a competitive golfer. Jordan is beautiful, but also dishonest: she cheated in order to win her first golf tournament and continually bends the truth. She is the person who first introduces Nick with Gatsby.

Jordan Baker is a feminist who represents the new movements and attitudes of women of the Jazz Age. Jordan faces the same problems that Tom and Daisy do. She has been born with money and has lived in a culture full of money and has been spoiled by it. She is surrounded by people like the Buchanans who continue their pleasure-seeking behavior. She is also careless like Daisy and Tom.

Important Question:

  • Explain the role of Jordan Baker in the novel.

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