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Similarities Between Isabel And Daisy In The Great Gatsby

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Through the influence of characterization, both authors demonstrate that the concept of self -preservation is tainted by the dangerous and thoughtless actions of the female leads. Both Daisy and Isabel betray the men that love them. Their outrageous tendency to obtain anything and everything they desire never affects only them. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby reenters Daisy's life with one goal, to win her back and demonstrate that his newly found wealth equals the wealth of other individuals like Tom who are under the belief that having "old money" will gain them respect from all men. Gatsby responds to Nick with, “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” (Fitzgerald 111). Gatsby tells Nick that you can re-live the past, hinting his attempt…show more content…
Unfortunately, Gatsby fails to see that beyond her innocence and charm, Daisy is indeed a selfish individual. Though in some respect, she smoothly conveys her devilish motives with arranged delicacy. In the scene where she cries when seeing Gatsby’s collection of expensive shirts, her obvious dishonesty is revealing of the reality that her tears are not tears of joy for having finally been reunited with Gatsby. They are tears laced with harmful intents as she now sees getting with Gatsby would be a possible way to get back at her husband for his frequent adulteries. She savours the greedy satisfaction of having two rich men fight for her, and her false relationship with her young daughter Pammy again, supports her corruption. Daisy states, “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). Her only aspiration for her daughter is for her to become a “beautiful fool” because as she implies, the world is not a place for strong, opinionated women. She is aware of the downgrading of women in the early 20th century and is unbothered by
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