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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, a socio-historical commentary, introspectively explores the self-struggle of Daisy Buchanan, an avant-garde feminist, who has been imposed by societal obligations and expectations, ironically she enforces the same "unacceptable" conditions upon her impressionable infant daughter. Effectively, Fitzgerald portrays Daisy as a symbol and catalyst of moral degradation of the societal norm.
Fitzgerald essentially misleads the audience as he presents Daisy Buchanan with a series of positive associations, all of which ultimately collapse under the ...view middle of the document...
Additionally, she abandons Gatsby in his death, and returns to patch up matters with Tom. Evidently, her values lie with money/power and the comfort they bring.
In addition, Fitzgerald gives the impression that Daisy’s motives of treating her daughter in a particular way are questionable. When her daughter is born, she hopes “she’ll be a fool” because “that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald, 20). She has experience in this area and surmises that women are constantly judged by their actions, either way, and so have no rightful place in the world. Daisy realizes that the vapid, individualistic society values beauty over brains and projects this unacceptable quality and ascribes it to her infant daughter, Pammy. The mother essentially deindividualizes her daughter instead of nurturing her daughter to develop into a wholesome young woman. At first, it seems as though she reacts to what she sees as the harsh judgment of the world by providing her daughter with a defense mechanism to combat with (she thinks it to be her purpose), or rather retreat into the shadows of a gender-imposed niche. However, the young infant is treated like an object (as Daisy is to Tom) during her open appearance in the novel, in which Daisy dismisses Pammy after flamboyantly parading her around to their guests. Daisy’s life revolves around herself, and she neglects her daughter, without batting an eye, just as Tom blatantly disregards and disrespects all women. To Daisy, Pammy is just another object, a status symbol of her wealth and aristocracy, which she flaunts. This loss of identity of mother and daughter was characteristic of the age, an age where feminism was slowly developing, but not quite.
Furthermore, F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates the strain that Daisy faced throughout the novel, struggling to choose between being a strong independent woman or falling victim to society's oldest ideal of what a women should be. For the 1920s, known for the feminist movement, a group of women called...