The second character Fitzgerald analyzes is Daisy Buchanan. Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan. Daisy is the definition of a dream girl, she is smart, gorgeous, and just an ideal woman to be around, and the relationship between her and Tom is quite odd (Baker). Daisy and Tom move to the fashionable East Egg from Chigaco (11). Daisy has everything a woman could wish for, a wealthy husband and an immaculate house. Daisy does not know that Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson. Nick Carraway plays a major role in Daisy’s love life in The Great Gatsby. Nick is Daisy’s second cousin and he knew Tom from college (11). Daisy invites Nick over for dinner one evening and that is how she relearns about Jay Gatsby (11-17). Daisy met Gatsby at a dance in Louisville. They used to be madly in love with one another when he was in the army (). They had plans of always being together and being married in Louisville at Daisy’s home (118). Later in the story, Daisy was invited to ...view middle of the document...
When she decides to attend Gatsby’s party the following Saturday he goes with her. You can conclude that Tom is jealous and curious as to how they know each other (111-112). Multiple afternoons Daisy would go over to East Egg to visit Gatsby. She invited Nick and Gatsby over to her house for lunch one day (122). Tom still did not like the fact that Gatsby was at his house, but he had no other choice but to deal with it. Daisy ordered him to go make everyone drinks and when he left, she kissed Gatsby and told him that she loved him (123). During their luncheon in the dining room daisy mouthed to Gatsby that she loved him and Tom saw. He was astounded by the remark and quickly insisted that they all go to town right away (127). Tom told Gatsby that he could drive his coupe and that he would drive his car. Daisy insisted that Jordan and Nick ride with Tom and she has to ride with Gatsby. On their way to town, Tom let Nick and Jordan know that he had been investigating Gatsby and that he knew that Daisy and Gatsby have known each other for several years (129-130). While they were at the Plaza Hotel Tom and Gatsby got into a verbal argument and Daisy was stuck in the middle of it. Finally, Gatsby blurted out that Daisy loves him and does not love Tom. Tom was extremely shocked by what came out of Gatsby’s mouth (139-140). Daisy finally breaks down and tells Tom that she has never loved him because it is what Gatsby wanted her to say. She then became an emotional wreck, sobbing uncontrollably and admitted that she once loved Tom and that she loved Gatsby too (141). They headed back to their house (144). Gatsby let Daisy drive because she thought it would help calm her nerves. While they were driving along, they saw a woman running towards the car, daisy swerved to the other side but then swerved back and she hit the woman. Gatsby was going to take the blame for her so she would not be in any trouble (154). Daisy and Tom ended up leaving West Egg. They did not let anyone know where they were going. Just like that they were gone forever (175).
Baker, Charles R. "F. Scott Fitzgerald’s the Great Gatsby." American Writers Classics. Ed. Jay Parini. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004. 109-124. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.