Honors English 10-1
6 September, 2012
The Despicable Daisy Buchanan
“On Wednesdays we wear pink”. Classic Mean Girls Regina George. Regina is the most beautiful, popular girl in school. Everyone seems to listen to her. But, under all her makeup, you can see she is also the meanest and ugliest of them all. In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan is Regina George. Daisy is by far the most contemptible character in the entire novel. Despite her outer beauty, Daisy exemplifies true ugliness through her looks and ditziness, selfishness and materialistic focuses, as well as her bad morals and lack of responsibility.
Looking at Daisy, she appears gorgeous inside and out. She has the “full of money” voice that instantly draws people in like she is composed of good promises. But truly it is the complete opposite. The only promise Daisy’s voice has is the promise of leading more people under her spell. “I’ve heard it said that Daisy’s murmur was only to make people lean toward her; an irrelevant criticism that made it no less charming” (9). Daisy has always been the belle of the ball as verified by her girlhood friend from Louisville, Jordan Baker. Daisy uses her physical appearance and flirty ways to gain attention for herself, showing her true colors. Daisy believes being her flirty and ditzy self is the way to gain people’s focus. She clearly has experience in these ways as proven when she talks about the daughter Pammy when she grows up: “I hope she’ll be a fool…that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (17).
Daisy’s number one focus in life is by far Daisy. Nothing else registers in her head besides herself and, of course, her money. Her materialistic attitude leads to brutal self-centeredness. Even at the young age of eighteen, materialism is the sole factor in the marriage choice of Tom. When Jay Gatsby, her poor first love, goes to war, Daisy promises to wait for him. However, shortly...