The Great Gatsby

When Gatsby briefly meets Daisy's little girl, he is somewhat unnerved. Symbolically, what does this little girl represent?

Chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby

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Gatsby has been romanticizing Daisy. This romantic vision does not include a child. Having a child means Daisy is human and Gatsby prefers his illusion of Daisy rather than the woman herself. The child also reflects just how irresponsible and self-serving Daisy is. She never cares for her daughter, preferring instead to go to parties and live the life of a young socialite.