Fatal Realities Secluded By Virtuous Impressions

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A tragic character is often viewed to be someone who has virtues that eventually lead to the character’s downfall. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Daisy’s actions cause her to inflict empathy on the audience due to her constant suffering. Daisy cannot accept her delusional image of herself, thus causing her character to change. Daisy’s misfortunes and anguish occur throughout the novel due to discomfort living with Tom, having an intimate 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 dream. Daisy suffers while living with Tom, as she has to go through knowing that Tom is committing adultery and trying to conceal it when “the telephone rang inside, startlingly, and as Daisy shook her head decisively at Tom, the subject of stables, in fact all subjects, vanished into thin air” (Fitzgerald 15). Daisy knew that Tom was not loyal as she suspected the phone calls were from his mysterious mistress. Tom mentions that “once in a while [he] goes off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but [he] always comes back” (131). She essentially has no love in her marriage with Tom, but continues to reside with him as she is catholic and to cover her pain while Gatsby went off to war. Upon Daisy’s interaction with Nick, she is given the opportunity to express that “[she’s] had a very bad time” a direct reference to her life, and that “[she’s] very cynical about everything” (16). Daisy feels ill-fated about the birth of her daughter. She expresses to the nurse that “[She’s] glad it’s a girl. And [she] hope[s] she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (16). It is evident that she not only refers to girls being beautiful fools, but she also acknowledges that she is one herself and that she understands how women were treated during that time period. Tom treats Daisy poorly and abuses her love, thus pushing Daisy further and further away from him.
Tom learns about Gatsby and Daisy’s past relationship and feels angered by their actions. Tom and Gatsby begin to fight over Daisy’s love, but Gatsby clearly captured Daisy attention. Nick is told to set up a disguised date with Gatsby and Daisy at his house. Since Daisy had not seen Gatsby in over five years, Daisy feels confused and lost. Daisy feels overwhelmed with the emotions and memories being thrown back at her. She is speechless after realizing that Gatsby is her lost lover and is only able to say, “I certainly am glad to see you again” (86). As they come closer together Nick describes [Gatsby’s] distraught eyes star[ing] down at Daisy who was sitting,...

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