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Daisy And Jig Character Analysis

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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” - Margaret Wolfe Hungerford. An immortal and self explanatory quote like this has no reason to be questioned. One person may value someone's outer and inner beauty differently than the next, therefore it is his or her decision whether someone is beautiful or not. But what if someone spent his or her life trying to alter the people’s perceptions around them; what if someone spent his or her life manipulating the beholder’s eyes to view that person as the precious diamond in a cave full of stones?“Hills Like White Elephants”, a short story written by Ernest Mil ler Hemingway, illustrates this rebellion and control through his belligerent and prominent character, Jig. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, written…show more content…
Both characters have their minds set on what they want, but unlike Daisy, Jig is willing to stand on her own feet. Jig is selfish in the way that she wants exactly what she wants, even if that means losing her boyfriend by having their child against the father’s will. Daisy’s goals are precise and personal as well, but they involve being taken care of. At the end of The Great Gatsby, (and the end of Gatsby), Daisy runs off with Tom after Jay’s life gets taken away from him, signifying an emotional detachment to her need for a lifestyle with another person. “I called up Daisy after half an hour after we found him, called her instinctively and without hesitation. But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them.” (Fitzgerald 164). Although the man she confessed her love to suffered a tragic death arguably because of her wrongdoing, she still never showed up to the funeral. Daisy ended up immediately turning to the richer route; running off with her abusive husband, Tom, after Gatsby’s death. After every encounter that Daisy had with Gatsby; after every lovely moment they shared with each other, Daisy still remained true to her lifestyle by ending up with the option to have more security. Jig and Daisy’s mindset diverge when it comes to manipulation. Jig knows how to manipulate in a passive aggressive style that makes her end up getting…show more content…
In fact, it is so clear, that even the audience knows this within the first fifteen pages of the book. Through Nick’s perspective, the reader can already tell that all of Daisy’s actions happen for their own reason; it is known that Daisy is intelligent and on top of everything, yet she pretends to be completely unaware of the long term affair that her rich husband has been having. Daisy also throws out some unexpected bursts of intellect in conversation, indicating a hidden brainpower beneath the charade. “I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 17). This quote shows that Daisy is fully aware of the role that she feels women should play in the 1920s. Daisy hopes her daughter will grow up to be a fool because it is a reflection of herself and her attitude. She is in an abusive and an untrusted relationship but all she does is pretend to be oblivious to the people around her. She knows of the struggle that women have to go through during her time period and wants her daughter to be unaware of the inequality and negativity that comes with being a woman. By blurting out this disheartening and honest statement about gender roles and the power that comes with it shows that there is a lot more depth and intellect that comes with her
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