Sexual Love

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  • Sexual Love
    • Myrtle Wilson and Tom
      • She wore 'a brown figured muslin, which stretched tight over her rather wide hips'
      • vs Daisy and Jordan: 'they were both in white'
      • 'She carried her flesh sensuously
      • The only characters with sex appeal
      • It was 'as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering'
      • 'She wet her lips, and ... spoke to her husband in a soft, coarse voice'
      • 'Her left breast was swinging loose like a flap'
      • 'Suddenly her warm breath poured over me the story of her first meeting with Tom'
    • The Flapper
      • This 1920s trend was attributed to the decline in marriage rates
      • Often sexually active
      • Divorce rate increased in the 1920s
      • Young women became more independent
      • In the 1920s the annual marriage rates were 99 per 1000 single women
    • The Flea, To His Coy Mistress, The Scrutiny, A Song (Absent from thee)


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