First, the narrator is just from the First World War and seeks to settle and takes a job in New York.
In search for wealth and happiness, he rents a bungalow in West Egg next to a generous and mysterious bachelor Jay Gatsby, who owned a mansion.
Socially, men seem to dominate in the relationships.
Tom’s financial power sets him way ahead that he can afford to have an affair outside marriage.
The great Gatsby is one of the oldest novels having been written in 1925.
From the novel, it is evident that it was written in the days when the society was by far patriarchal.The novel was written in a time when men could batter women if dissatisfied by their actions.In the meeting with Myrtle, when an argument ensued between Tom and the mistress, Tom broke her nose in the name of shutting her up.Tom’s relationship with the two women is abusive and of so much control.He abuses Myrtle publicly in the name of making her straight by even beating her.This he does openly as he invites Nick, Daisy’s cousin to meet his mistress Myrtle Wilson.Nick’s reflection on the relationship between Tom and Daisy, Tom and Myrtle show a break of social norms.The whole thing looks normal and even when George complains to him, he is not moved by his cry. He harasses people starting with his wife, his mistress, George and even Gatsby.Tom is seen doing the same thing Gatsby does; dating a married woman, but he has the guts to confront him on his affair with Daisy.Scott Fitzgerald to expose some of the aspects of patriarchal society as revealed in the novel.The Great Gatsby starts by bringing in a male character, Nick Carraway, as the narrator.