Fitzgerald expresses his view of women through his characters. Daisy is a
great example. She is classy and has high expectations of her world. She is torn between Tom who cheats on her, but has a great reputation, and Gatsby, who truly loves her. Daisy’s traits, statements, and the changes she undergoes show the reader her true character.
First, Daisy’s character is shown to the reader by her traits. Carol Wershoven says Daisy models a “golden” girl. She plays a trick of blankness, much like brass. She looks beautiful on the outside, but ugly and corrupt on the inside. Daisy thinks she wants people and money, but really, she holds no true desire. She has filled her life with useless items, and carries no space left in her to fill (AVL). Daisy takes no personal responsibility for her choices. She lives for the moment, and remains blind to the future (Hermanson AVL). Fitzgerald shows this in The ...view middle of the document...
Daisy and Gatsby both hold issues with the past and future. They also cannot renounce time, which shows why Daisy lives for the moment, not worrying about tomorrow or yesterday. She does no worry about whom she hurts, as long as her perfect reputation stays in place (Hermanson AVL).
Second, Daisy’s character is revealed to the reader through her statements.
One statement, “Tell em’ Daisy’s changed her mind,” shows the reader she knows she loves Gatsby, and does not want to marry Tom. Jordan finds Daisy drunk with a bottle of wine in one hand and a letter in the other, the night before the wedding. Another quote, “I hope she’ll be a fool- that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world,” proves to the reader Daisy knows Tom cheats on her (Baker AVL). Pammy, her daughter, remains a constant reminder of how unhappy Daisy truly is (Fitzgerald 17). The last statement, “They are such beautiful shirts,” shows that Daisy realizes what she could have possessed if she would have married Gatsby. She plays a very dramatic role when she cries over Gatsby’s shirts (93).
Third, Daisy’s character is exposed to the reader through the changes she goes through. She changes towards Tom and Gatsby, and through them, she changes towards society’s classes. Casie Hermanson describes her change towards Gatsby as Nick does. “In-Between Time,” a song Klipspringer plays for Daisy and Gatsby, represents human change (AVL). Daisy’s view also changes of Tom. She knows he cheats on her, but chooses to be with him.
“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…” (179)
Daisy stays with Tom knowing he does not love her, and refuses to realize Gatsby does (Fitzgerald 87).
In conclusion, Daisy is changeable, and does not care who she hurts. She only cares about her perfect reputation, but remains blind to the future, and as careless as ever. Daisy’s traits, statements, and the changes she undergoes show the reader her true character.