Character Analysis of Daisy in the Great Gatsby

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Daisy Buchanan is Nicks cousin and is introduced to the story when Nick goes to her house for a visit. The house is a huge Georgian Colonial mansion situated in East Egg, overlooking the bay. She lives there with her husband, Tom, and her 3 month old daughter. It is clear from everything about them that they extremly rich and well off, but their money has made them arrogant. They feel that they, espically Tom, are better and more suprior than eveyone else and look down on and condesend to anyone below them in wealth and scoial standing.

When Nich arrives at the house he is meet by Tom standing dominatly on the steps up to the house. He leads Nick into the sitting room where he finds Daisy and Jordan Baker, who is in many ways an unmarried version of Daisy, dressed all in white, sitting on an "enormous couch.....buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon.....rippling and fluttering as if it had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house." From this moment, Daisy becomes like an angel on earth. She is routinely linked with the color white, always at the height of fashion and addressing people with only the most endearing terms. She appears pure in a world of cheats and liars. As the visit goes on we learn more and more about here we begin to notice her charchteristics and personality. We notice her voice which is metioned as "thrilling", "glowing" and "singing". She seems friendly and happy to meet Nick and talk to him about his life. But as the chapter goes on we learn otherwise.

Although Daisy stands in stark contrast to her husband, Tom, she is frail and diminutive, and actually labors at being shallow. She laughs at every opportunity. Daisy is utterly transparent, feebly affecting an air of worldliness and cynicism. Though she breezily remarks that everything is in decline, she does so only in order to seem to agree with her husband. She and Jordan are dressed in white when Nick arrives, and she mentions that they spent a "white...
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