The Great Gatsby

2. In the beginning of the novel, Daisy says contemptuously “Sophisticated—God, I’m sophisticated!” (p. 17). Now that we know more about Daisy, what did she mean? Does her life represent the free spirit of the Roaring Twenties? If not, why not?

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Daisy equates the word sophisticated with rich or being able to do what she wants. She may be a free spirit in the sense that she does control what she wants to do, who she wants to be with, and why she will participate in the activities she chooses. However, she is somewhat mindless in what she is involved in, and she has little drive to do anything that most people would call an accomplishment. The free spirit of the twenties was often portrayed as loose and lackadaisical; however, women, for example, were learning the very things they could accomplish because the world was changing.