The Great Gatsby

Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby 11th Grade

The character of Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is not the women she first appears to be. In the beginning, we see her as an innocent, charming woman, the Daisy that Gatsby had fallen in love with. As we go further into the novel, we see Daisy’s true colors. Daisy’s innocent image has transformed in our eyes, and we now see a women absorbed with money, reputation and her own desires. When given a chance at true love, a chance to be truly heard and cared for, she chooses wealth and social status as her true form of happiness, eventually leading to her own misery.

Living in East Egg, Daisy’s lifestyle represents old money and high class society. This “East Egg” standard of living defines her actions and choices. Raised as an elite member of society, she’s very familiar with money, ease and materiel luxury. She practically only knows one form of true happiness; Money. She puts money ahead of everything, even her own means of ending her miserable relationship with Tom and being truly happy. Nick observes: “It seemed to me that the thing for Daisy to do was to rush out of the house, child in arms—but apparently there were no such intentions in her...

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