Crushes: All For Daisy Essay

1423 words - 6 pages

Crushes. We’ve all had them. On several occasions, these crushes can hold such a significant impact on our everyday decisions and influence us strongly. Jay Gatsby is a prime example of someone who takes this influence to an unhealthy level. Daisy Buchanan is his “crush”, the woman he toiled five years for; she is the basis of his wealth-the reason why he strives to achieve great economical success. His “crush” on her leads him to perceive her inaccurately, he envisions a more glorified version of her true persona and falls in love with this idea of her rather than the actual her. Chapter Five of
by F.Scott Fitzgerald is significant to the novel as a whole because it unveils and develops more on the character of Jay Gatsby, who Fitzgerald previously established vaguely with an aura of mystery, and the significance that Daisy Buchanan has on his life, the crux of the novel.
As mentioned in the previous chapters, Fitzgerald introduces Gatsby with a shroud of mystery. People who went to his extravagant parties did not know much about him at all, even though they attended his parties every weekend. Some believed Gatsby “killed a man once…[and] was a German spy during the war” (29) and that “he’s a nephew or a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm’s”(22). These farfetched speculations help falsely build Gatsby’s character up to be some mysterious and dangerous individual. In this chapter, however, Fitzgerald reveals a Gatsby that completely contrasts all of the aforementioned descriptors. As he gets ready for Daisy’s arrival, Gatsby is frantic, nervous and very doubtful of himself. This is a stark contrast to the calm, cool and collected Gatsby that Fitzgerald characterizes in preceding chapters. The vulnerable, more flawed side of Gatsby is finally unveiled. He is no longer the suave, chill individual that Nick initially feared out of respect. When Gatsby arrives at Nick’s home for the reunion, “[h]e was pale, and there were dark signs of sleeplessness beneath his eyes”(54). Fitzgerald describes Gatsby’s face in a way that sets a desperate atmosphere. The tension and apprehensiveness in the air before Daisy arrives is strong. Fitzgerald goes on to describe Gatsby’s voice as blank, vague and hollow and his eyes as vacant (54) which further develops this somewhat desolate and hopeless atmosphere. This atmosphere successfully conveys Gatsby’s overwhelming fear: that he will still not meet Daisy’s spot on the social ladder and satisfy her. A few minutes into the reunion, Gatsby’s insecurity gets to him and he is ready to leave because the reunion is not as he imagined it would be. Gatsby believes the whole setup is a “a terrible, terrible, mistake”(56). After five years of bootlegging, yearning from across the dock and holding elaborate parties, Gatsby still doesn’t feel sufficient enough for Daisy. Nick’s comment,“ ‘You’re acting like a little boy…[n]ot only that, but you’re rude”(56), brings Gatsby back to earth and his original, more confident character comes...

Find Another Essay On Crushes: All For Daisy

Gatsby As A Fake, Desperate Hero In The Great Gatsby

1726 words - 7 pages Gatsby`s True Colors When people hear the words “romantic hero,” they imagine one of those fake characters from cheesy love stories, holding roses while kneeling below the heroine`s balcony. Gatsby is no better than those fake and desperate heroes because his love is untrue and obsessive. James Gatz, who is also known as Jay Gatsby, is a poor young man who acquires wealth for the purpose of gaining the love of a rich girl named Daisy. Gatsby

Fatal Realities Secluded by Virtuous Impressions

1297 words - 6 pages relationship with Gatsby, and a devastating catastrophe with the murder an innocent woman with no remorse. Daisy’s character often portrays the image of purity and perfection of women, but in reality it is a shell to hide Daisy’s true character and feelings. It is difficult for Gatsby to realize that Daisy is suffering due to her perfect image covering her true self. Tom has the American Dream within view and Daisy is a piece that completed the

The Great Gatsby: American Dream or American Nightmare?

1743 words - 7 pages forget his origins by escaping from them and trying to bury them in the past. Gatsby believed in the green light, the symbol of his love for Daisy and the hope of winning her, had “eluded him then, but that's no matter- tomorrow [he would] run faster, stretch out [his] arms farther... And one fine morning-" (180). Although Gatsby still believes in the green light and his hope for Daisy, it is receding before him. Gatsby is forced to realize that all

The Individuality of Daisy in Henry James' Daisy Miller

1735 words - 7 pages any man she could pick up; sitting in corners with mysterious Italians; dancing all the evening...receiving visits at eleven o'clock” (494), telling Winterbourne, “That girl must not do this sort of thing” (492). Clearly Mrs. Walker is a manifestation of the social expectations for Daisy, but in spite of the warning from the “very accomplished woman” (487), Daisy continues having Giovanelli accompany her publicly, of which Mrs. Costello notes

Obsessive love in Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

950 words - 4 pages innocently accepts, not realizing it was merely a formality. His pure love for Daisy shows through in all aspects of his life, affecting his judgment and ability to see through those with less than genuine intentions.One of the main themes throughout The Great Gatsby is Gatsby’s attempt to turn back time and relive what he had in the past with Daisy. “Can’t repeat the past…why of course you can!”(Fitzgerald.6.116). It is

A discussion of the american dream as represented in "American Beauty" and "The Great Gatsby"

1491 words - 6 pages . His father is an empathetic character, and Fitzgerald uses him to develop the character of Gatsby- his childhood, and his ambition.Fitzgerald sees the American dream crumbling in the 1920s, as America's powerful optimism, vitality, and individualism become subordinated to the amoral pursuit of wealth.Gatsby tells Nick a number of stupendous untruths, which follow Gatsby's journey of transforming himself for Daisy. He seeks Daisy, a woman whose

Daisy Miller: A Study, by Henry James

1204 words - 5 pages girl on vacation with her very dysfunctional American family. For example Mrs. Costello, Winterbourne’s Aunt showed judgment of Daisy many time in their conversation, especially when Winterbourne try’s and tells her how well Daisy dresses and she reply’s,“ She has that charming look they all have.” (James 429) Proving how American girls were stereotypically looked at as good looking charmers but nothing more. Mrs. Costello’s deeply disapproves of

Love of an Idea in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

760 words - 4 pages where he dispensed starlight to casual moths--so that he could come over some afternoon to a stranger's garden.” (Pg. 61) All of Gatsby's efforts to throw all of these expensive parties were in hopes that he would see Daisy. He also moved right across the water so it wouldn’t be hard for her to see that there were giant parties being thrown close to her. After many years of being away from Daisy Gatsby had become in love with the idea of Daisy

The Character of Daisy in Henry James' Daisy Miller

2225 words - 9 pages had behaved like them - rigid, controlled, and rejecting others lower on the social ladder.  Henry James's Daisy, however, is a free-spirited individual who "ignores class structures and customary behavior...treating all she meets as equal human beings" (Hocks 33).  At first Winterbourne is enchanted by Daisy's freshness and spontaneity.  But eventually, under his aunt's influence, he begins to turn away from Daisy and the freedom she offers

An analytical essay on Henry James' "Daisy Miller." This essay debates Daisy's innocence.

1323 words - 5 pages their personalities. Her name symbolically represents the flower it mirrors, the daisy. The daisy is a typically commonplace flower known for its simple beauty and lack of pretense. The fact that daisies open in sunlight attest to their life-loving quality. All of these are qualities found in Daisy Miller. The daisies at the scene of graveyard serve as an affirmation of her innocence. In addition, her dresses, which were all white in the movie

"THE GREAT GATSBY"

935 words - 4 pages "nice shirts" , "large house", and his wealth . "They're such beautiful shirts, " she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. Daisy lived in a wealthy background her whole life. She grew up with all of the best.Azra When Gatsby didn't contact Daisy because he wasn't wealthy enough for her she went off and married another man, only because " Rich girls don't marry poor boys" Daisy was brought up that way therefore she wouldn't

Similar Essays

Dreams In The Great Gatsby By F.Scott Fitzgerald

2433 words - 10 pages of his dream is impossible, Gatsby strives to relive his past with Daisy. From the instant he falls in love with Daisy, all of Gatsby’s actions are directed toward overcoming the barriers that separate them. As a poor boy in love with the wealthy Daisy, Gatsby overcomes the obstacle of money by partaking in illegal activities, and finally after acquiring ample means, the Jay Gatsby of colossal parties can compete for Daisy’s love. In this respect

Carelessness Essay (Great Gatsby)

538 words - 2 pages the hotel room by revealing Gatsby's true identity and profession. It is obvious Tom cares only for himself and nobody else. Daisy is the type of person who will find solace in her money when bad things are happening around her. Her lack of caring is displayed in a slightly more subtle way when she allows all the blame of Myrtle's death to be thrust upon Gatsby, by departing from town with Tom, leaving her off the hook. Daisy is also

Differences Between American And European Cultures In Daisy Miller

505 words - 2 pages Daisy Miller starts out in a hotel in Vevey, Switzerland when a gentleman named Winterbourne meets Daisy, a young, beautiful American girl traveling through Europe. Daisy, her younger brother Randolph and her mother, Mrs. Miller, are traveling all over Europe while her father is home in Schenectady, New York. While Daisy is in Europe, she does not accept European ideas to be her own. Winterbourne, to the contrary, has been living in Europe since

Daisy Miller By Henry James Essay

1009 words - 4 pages When Winterbourne first meets Daisy, he is willing to accept her for the vivacious young American girl she is. Although Daisy's customs are not what are expected of young girls in European society, Winterbourne is charmed by Daisy and her original ideals. He defends Daisy to the aristocracy, claiming that she is just "uncultivated" and is truly innocent. As the story progresses, Winterbourne finds himself questioning Daisy's true