Daisy Buchanan: Admirable Or Despicable? Essay

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Characters in The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald are often described differently than they actually act throughout the novel. In the beginning of the novel, Daisy is told to be “by far the most popular of all the young girls in Louisville”. She was said to have great beauty, and its even said that she holds her popularity spot because of it. She is also described as a “fool” which means she is beautiful, just like an angel. As we read on, we come to see that Daisy is actually very careless, selfish, and only focuses herself on wealth and power. She never looked at the consequences of her actions; and she let others clean up the messes she made. She wanted her daughter to grow up ...view middle of the document...

Daisy is also represented as a characteristic of selfish by the way she treats her daughter, Pammy. Daisy left Pammy with a nurse as she went on with her life without her, and so she could take care of her own problems. Daisy even intends for her daughter to grow up the same way in which she did. “And I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in the world today, a beautiful little fool.” (Fitzgerald 24) This is explaining that she wants her daughter to be beautiful, with a good reputation just as she grew up.
Although Pammy is one example of Daisy being portrayed as selfish, you can also see this in her flashback to her wedding. Daisy showed that love did not have anything to do with her wedding, and she only married Tom for the security he gave her. On her wedding day, she realizes she loves Gatsby and almost calls off the wedding because of it. “Take ‘em downstairs and give ‘em back, tell ‘em all Daisy’s changed her mind… She began to cry – she cried and cried… we locked her in the door and gave her a cold bath.” (Fitzgerald 74) She was holding the note Gatsby gave her while she was saying this, realizing he was her true love, not Tom. Daisy knew that Tom would help her reputation and to keep her social status high, and Gatsby would not. Being the selfish person she is, this was plentiful enough for her to marry him.
Daisy is also known to only care about wealth and power. Money seems to be the top priority in her life, and everyone seems to realize it more than her. She lives in one of the most elite neighborhoods, and lives in one of the most extravagant houses in that neighborhood. All of Daisy’s...

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