The events of the night before still manage to creep their way into my mind. I remember Daisy and Tom’s passive conversation the next morning with all of its blatant stares and uncomfortable pauses. Tom had revealed so many secrets of Gatsby to Daisy without so much as a second thought. The aura of love and warmth that always followed Daisy began to fade and I could feel her love for Gatsby quickly begin to diminish. Daisy had looked over at me with a cold look in her eyes and told me to inform Gatsby of her absence. In her eyes the Great Gatsby was nothing more than the criminal and murderer everyone said. The hypocrisy baffled me as she didn’t know I was aware that she was the driver of the car. I couldn’t loathe Daisy and her innocent persona but I loathed her ability to hide behind her money without thinking of the repercussions on even the people she loved most.
The Great Gatsby is considered to be a great American novel full of hope, deceit, wealth, and love. Daisy Buchanan is a beautiful and charming young woman who can steal a man’s attention through a mere glance. Throughout the novel, she is placed on a pedestal, as if her every wish were Gatsby’s command. Her inner beauty and grace are short-lived, however, as Scott Fitzgerald reveals her materialistic character. Her reprehensible activities lead to devastating consequences that affect the lives of every character. I intend to show that Daisy, careless and self-absorbed, was never worthy of Jay Gatsby’s love, for she was the very cause of his death.
The rekindling of this epic “love” tale begins when Gatsby buys a house directly across the bay from Daisy, her husband, and child. They do not know it yet, but Jay certainly does. Every night he walks outside and stares through the fog at the green light on Daisy’s dock. Some would consider these gestures endearing and romantic, but with all of that left aside it still seems as if he is stalking her. He is always searching for her everywhere he goes and is intrigued by the mentioning of her name. She is married to Tom Buchanan, a descent from old money, and is living quite lavishly. She hardly remembers Gatsby even exists until Jordan Baker mentions him at dinner. When Daisy hears Jay’s name a sudden bolt goes through her and she flooded with memories of the past. Everyone at dinner can see how this has affected her, including her husband. Nick, who is unaware of the situation, is surprised at what he has seen.
The novel’s key female character, Daisy Buchannan, represents the role of Tom’s shallow trophy wife who is idolized as the “ideal” individual within the consciousness of Jay Gatsby. Subsequently it was never Daisy’s knowledge or character type that attracted Gatsby; it was more based upon her wealth, “That was it. I 'd never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, [and] the cymbals ' song of it” (Fitzgerald, 99). Although Daisy is far from being flawless, Gatsby interprets
The decade of 1920’s, also known as The Roaring Twenties, was a time of prosperity and is characterized by great changes in America. The novel “The Great Gatsby” was published in 1925 and was written by the American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. This book shows how life was during this time of change and development. The story focuses on the lives of five major characters and how are their lives affected by their relationships with others. One of these characters is Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan’s wife and Jay Gatsby’s love interest and adoration. She is a beautiful, young woman who is also the narrator’s cousin. We get to know Daisy’s character by her actions and her decisions throughout the novel. Daisy Buchanan does not show any morals, she
“In his blue gardens men and women came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (Fitzgerald 39). In his character, his relationships, and his gatherings, Jay Gatsby epitomized the illusion of a perfect romance. When Gatsby and Daisy met in 1917, he was searching for money, but ended up profoundly falling in love with her. “[H]e set out for gold and stumbled upon a dream” (Ornstein 37). Only a few weeks after meeting one another, Gatsby had to leave for war, which led to a separation between the two for nearly five years. As “war-torn lovers” Gatsby and Daisy reach the quintessential ideal of archetypical romance. When Gatsby returned from the war, his goal was to rekindle the relationship he once had with Daisy. In order to do this, he believed he would have to work hard to gain new wealth and a new persona. “Jay Gatsby loses his life even though he makes his millions because they are not the kind of safe, respectable money that echoes in Daisy’s lovely voice” (Ornstein 36). Gatsby then meets Daisy’s cousin, Nick Carraway, who helps to reunite the pair. Finally being brought together after years of separation, Gatsby stops throwing the extravagant parties at his home, and “to preserve [Daisy’s] reputation, [he] empties his mansion of lights and servants” (Ornstein 37). Subsequent to their reconciliation, Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband, begins to reveal sordid information about Gatsby’s career which causes Daisy to
Gatsby’s unrelenting desire to prove his worth to Daisy motivates him to take long strides away from his lowly farm life to a high status of wealth and courtly sophistication. Like the poor knights often coming from the bottom of the feudal estates, Gatsby materializes from humble origins. His parents “were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people,” but Gatsby dedicates himself to “His Father’s business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty,” in an attitude closely resembling a medieval knight’s binding oath to serve the Lord. (100) Gatsby restlessly chases the elusive wisps of his aspirations, “bound to get ahead” (176), when suddenly another “meretricious beauty” intervenes to claim his life purpose—Daisy. By chance, Gatsby encounters the enchanting maiden and catches himself falling in love.
Daisy, like her husband, is a girl of material and class at heart, and Gatsby being her escape from a hierarchist world. Daisy has just grown up knowing wealth, so in her greedy pursuit of happiness and the “American Dream” Myrtle Wilson died, Gatsby's heart and life were compromised, without claiming responsibility on her part. Daisy was “by far the most popular of all the young girls in Louisville...” (116) Jordan says, describing early affections between Daisy and Gatsby. She goes on to say, “...all day long the telephone rang in her house and excited young officers from Camp Taylor demanded the privilege of monopolizing her that night.” (116) . Daisy was a fancied girl who has Gatsby tied around her finger, Jordan explains that he was looking at Daisy “...in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at some time...” (117). Daisy, abusing Gatsby’s love for her uses it to create security and protection, greedily and selfishly allowing him to take the fault. While Daisy’s beautiful, alluring traits turn her into an innocent, naive flower, she plays the ultimate villain.
On the surface, she seems perfect and assuring. However, in reality, she is not what Gatsby has expected. The collapse of her innocent image exhibits the role that materialism plays in the 1920’s. While people are chasing the American Dream and are expecting that the dream is constituted by hope and spiritual comfort, some of the believers are crashed by corruption and the materialistic reality. The novel’s meaning as a whole is perfectly demonstrated by Daisy.
In the book, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby is exemplified through many symbols and idols. Fitzgerald uses cars to represent wealth, success, status, and glamour. As Friedrich Nietzsche states, “There are more idols in the world than there are realities.” Nietzsche’s quote shows how idols and symbols are used to create impressions. Images are powerful and set a stage for others to judge one’s character, enabling human beings to avoid seeing what realities are. Idols are potent enough to mask the truth. In the novel, despite Gatsby 's own insecurities, he is viewed as an idol in society. Idols impact and influence Gatsby’s life and those living around him. Gatsby’s car represents an idol, illustrating his wealth, capturing attention, creating impressions, and covering misconceptions throughout life in the West Egg.
She began to love Gatsby for the things he can offer her, and that was the only way he knew how to show his feelings by giving away his money. Daisy began to have an affair with her husband with Mr. Gatsby and didn’t have any remorse. As time went by, Daisy was becoming more and more intrigued by the wealth that was given to her rather than the true love being offered. "She's got an indiscreet voice," I remarked. "It's full of——" I hesitated.
Dawn breaks in the year of 1925, with alcohol bottles littering the streets, catching the natural light of the rising sun and the artificial light of the buildings. The energy from the previous night still thick in the air, F. Scott Fitzgerald was enthralled with the magnificence of the “Roaring Twenties,” thus initiating his authorship of The Great Gatsby. Many argue that The Great Gatsby is perhaps the greatest American novel ever published, due to Fitzgerald’s elegant vernacular, as well as his ability to craft such complicated characters, especially Daisy Buchanan. Despite the fact that Fitzgerald often describes Daisy in conjunction with light, innocence, and purity, in reality, she was quite the opposite. Because of Fitzgerald’s theme that one should only love one person throughout his or her life, The Great Gatsby’s author based one of his most influential characters on his own enigmatic wife, Zelda.
The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, provides a dark and pessimistic outlook into the American life style in 1922. Jay Gatsby, an American wealthy social identity, appears to have it all. But wealth, stature and an extravagant lifestyle seems not to be enough for Gatsby; he still yearns for his old idealistic love Daisy. In an ideal world this has the making of a great love story with a happy ending, but Fitzgerald chose to carry the story as a reflection of the American era the book is set in. An era consumed by appearances and excess and overall pursuit of the American dream.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classical literary work The Great Gatsby depicts the height of the early 1920s scene through Nick Carraway’s perspective, effectively displaying the shortcomings of human nature. With love being one of the central themes of the novel, the main plot focuses on Gatsby’s endeavors to win over Daisy’s affections, which therein results in the confrontation between him and Daisy’s husband Tom Buchanan. At the climax of the novel however, Daisy makes her decision to remain with Tom. Despite the love Daisy felt towards Gatsby, he had ultimately failed to insure the certainty that Tom was able to satisfy in both a relationship and in wealth that societal pressures of the early 1920s enforced.
Gatsby remembers Daisy as the pretty girl from North Dakota he fell in love with when he was in the military. He soon sees that she is different, although he denies it, even to himself. In order for Daisy to have a relationship with Gatsby, when they first meet he lies and says his parents are actually wealthy. This is the first example of how society dictates Daisy’s life. Because of her social status, Daisy must marry a rich man, preferably from old money, according to society. When Gatsby leaves, Daisy promises that she will wait for him, yet she instead marries Tom Buchanan, an extremely wealthy man who her parents approve of. Even when Tom cheats on Daisy, and she is fully aware of it, she refuses to leave him. She loves her status and money so much she will not give it up even at the expense of her happiness.