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Daisy's Love In F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, thecharacter of Daisy Buchanan has many instances whereher life and love of herself, money, and materialismcome into play. Daisy is constantly portrayed assomeone who is only happy when things are being givento her and circumstances are going as she has plannedthem. Because of this, Daisy seems to be the characterthat turns Fitzgerald's story from a tale of waywardlove to a saga of unhappy lives.Fitzgerald portrays Daisy as a 'doomed' characterfrom the very beginning of the novel. She seemsconcerned only of her own stability and is sometimesnot ready to go though what she feels she must do tocontinue the life that she has grown to know. Shetells that she only married Tom Buchanan for thesecurity he offered and love had little to do with theissue. Before her wedding, Jordan Baker finds Daisy inher hotel room,'groping around in the waste-basket shehad with her on the bed and pull[ing] out[a] string of pearls. 'Take 'em down-stairsand give 'em back.... Tell 'em all Daisy'sYoung-2change' her mine... She began to cry - she criedand cried... we locked the door and got her intoa cold bath.' (Fitzgerald 77)Money seems to be one of the very top priorities inher life, and everyone that she surrounds herselfwith, including her daughter, seem to accept this asmere fact with her. She lives in one of the most eliteneighborhoods in the state, in one of the most eleganthouses described in the book, and intends very muchfor her daughter to grow up much like she has. 'And Ihope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girlcan be in this world today, a beautiful little fool.'(Fitzgerald 24) She raves repeatedly of boats andlarge windows and halls where many a extravagant partyis held. This only stands remind of her reliance onmaterial goods and her stories of her gowns and homefurnishings confirm this sad fact. Daisy is one womanwho is at home in Bloomingdales, and shuns anyone whowould be out-of-place at a gathering of societiesrichest and most pompous citizens. She is foreverlooking forward to showing off, and she exhibits suchbehavior when she parades her daughter around in frontof guests like an inanimate object. So intimate infact, that it seems as if Pammy was not even reallywanted.Young-3'In June 1922, Nick records Daisy'sstatement that her daughter is threeyears old. Daisy married Tom Buchanan inJune 1919. If her child is indeed three,then Daisy was nine months pregnant ather wedding. ... The age of the child isa clue, planted by Fitzgerald, to Daisy'spremarital promiscuity or even an indicationthat Pammy is Gatsby's child... It might also beasserted that Daisy's mistake in Pammy's agewas intended by Fitzgerald to indicate herindifference to the child.' (Bruccoli 38)At the end of the book, however, there is a suddenrealization that is the same as the people whom Daisyinteracts with; this is how Daisy was raised, and itis the Daisy that they must learn to accept.Another character flaw of Daisy's is her relianceon...

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