How Does F. Scott Fitzgerald Portray Daisy and Tom in the First Chapter?

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The Buchanans have been stereotypically introduced by Fitzgerald as the typical representation of the “Lost Generation” (Gertrude Stein). Tom and Daisy Buchanan inhabit qualities of America during the era after WW1 – people were intolerant, materialistic and lacked spiritualism. They live in the East Egg and are the representations of the love for a Romantic lifestyle and the desperation to seek new ideas (generally from Europe) and accept them. The Buchanans have spent a year in France in pursuit of pleasure, not (like Nick) on war service and Fitzgerald describes them as wealthy drifters who “drifted here and there unrestfully”. They are part of a community who were “rich together” and this implies a questionable significance of their…show more content…
He tries to enforce his views by claiming it is scientifically proved. The nativist group, the Klu Klux Klan at the time of the novel, tried to use “scientific proof”, however it was later revealed they used eugenics to prove the “inferiority” of Asians and immigrants from Europeans – this indicating how Tom’s claims are very much in the wrong. Tom sees Daisy as the inferior in their relationship and does make an effort to hide this from Nick. He openly ignores Daisy when listing the “Nordics”, hesitating before including Daisy with a “slight nod”. He criticizes how Jordan Baker should not be allowed to “run around the country” showing his traditional, old fashioned views of a woman’s role and showing disapproval of the amount of freedom and success Jordan has been given. Daisy Buchanan is introduced as an absolute contrast to her husband. Some traits revealed throughout the process of chapter one is that she is frail and diminutive, touching on the edge of being shallow. The overly exaggerated opening to Daisy, as described by Fitzgerald through Nick, shows her being “p-paralysed with happiness”. This stutter and the use of the verb “paralysed” implies a fake impression that Daisy puts on to fool others, as the reader finds out later in the chapter. The constant reference to
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