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The Great Gatsby: Daisy Essay

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The Great Gatsby: Daisy

In The Great Gatsby, the character of Daisy Buchanan has many examples that revealed an unhappy life and a way to endure it by being selfish, cold and uncompassionated toward others covered by a sweet, innocent and fragil surface. Her love for money and materialism come into play when she is constantly portrayed as someone who is only happy when things are being given to her and circumstances are going as she has planned them. Because of this, Daisy seems to be the character that turns Fitzgerald's novel from a romantic tale of impossible love to a history that ends with unhappy lives and tragedy.

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“I got dressed before luncheon” said the child. “That’s because your mother wanted to show you off” “Yes,” admitted the child calmly. “Aunt Jordan’s got on a white dress too.” (Fitzgerald 117)
She is forever looking forward to showing off, and she exhibits such behavior when she parades her daughter around in front of guests like an inanimate object. So intimate infact, that it seems as if the child was not even really wanted.

She lives in one of the most elite neighborhoods in the state, in one of the most elegant houses described in the book, and intends very much for her daughter to grow up much like she has. "And I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world today, a beautiful little fool." (Fitzgerald 24)

Daisy is one woman who is at home in Bloomingdales, and shuns anyone who would be out-of-place at a gathering of societies richest and most pompous citizens.

"In June 1922, Nick records Daisy's statement that her daughter is three years old.
Daisy married Tom Buchanan in June 1919. If her child is indeed three, then Daisy was nine months pregnant at her wedding. ... The age of the child is a clue, planted by Fitzgerald, to Daisy's premarital promiscuity or even an indication that Pammy is Gatsby's child... It might also be asserted that Daisy's mistake in Pammy's age
was intended by Fitzgerald to indicate her indifference to the child." (Bruccoli )

Another character flaw of Daisy's is her reliance on men. She is seen as a women who's entire existence is based not on what she has personally accomplished, but what the man she has married has done with his life, and to support her. Tom was a very successful football player. He is handsome. But what allure Daisy the most is his abundant wealth that he has no problem spending and sharing with her. For this, and not for love, Daisy and Tom are married. It is a marriage out of convinience, one that was just the next step in both of their lives. At Gatsby's
party, this is most apparent. "Go ahead," answered Daisy genially, "and if you want to take down any address here's my gold pencil."... She looked around after a moment and told me the girl was "common but pretty," and I knew that except for the half-hour she'd been alone with Gatsby she wasn't having a good time." (Fitzgerald 107)

When she is faced with the decision to tell both men whom she is truly in love with, Daisy confesses that she really was in love with Tom for a time, but also that she was in love with Jay Gatsby. She is unwilling to deny her original love to Tom in any way, and states: "I love you now - isn't that enough? I can't help what's past... I did love him once-but I loved you too!" (Fitzgerald 133) She gives the expression that she would have married Gatsby if was not because he was poor. He was also, at the time that the two originally met, somewhat from the wrong side of town, but his uniform help to disguise this. Because of his undying love for Daisy, Gatsby has come to...

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