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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Themes & Motifs

Therese Anne Fowler
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Feminism and Identity

One of the most crucial themes in the novel is that of identity, as Zelda comes to understand who she is and who she wants to be through the feminist ideals that are presented to her throughout the narrative. The most influential figure in Zelda’s life in this aspect is Sara Haardt, who teaches Zelda about feminism before she leaves Montgomery to marry Scott. Sara tells Zelda, “Motherhood doesn’t need to be our whole lives” (47), wherein Zelda does not show immediate interest in the idea, but nonetheless respects Sara for her progressive thinking. It is a while before Zelda will truly consider Sara’s ideas, as her primary concern is her relationship with Scott. After Zelda and Scott make love, Zelda decides, “Scott’s happiness is my happiness” (60), and that she will do anything to please him. In a sense, Zelda decides...

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