The Great Gatsby: Quote Analysis

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The Great Gatsby Take-Home Test

Part I: Significant Quotes

1. “She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. ‘All right,’ I said, ‘I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”

The speaker in this particular quote is Daisy Buchanan, she says it in chapter one (pg 21) when Nick comes to visit her and Tom’s house. During Nick’s dinner with the Buchanan’s and Jordan Baker, Tom receives a phone call from his mistress and Daisy goes off to get him. Shortly after the phone call ends and Daisy returns with Tom dinner ends and Nick goes out onto the veranda with Daisy to talk. Daisy tells Nick about her marriage and how unhappy she is and then about her daughter Pammy which is when the quote above is said. I think that the quote is significant to Daisy as a character. It says a lot about her and how she views her life as a woman and what she expects her daughter’s future to be like. I think that by saying that it made her upset that her child was a girl and that all she’d ever be would be a “beautiful little fool” Daisy is saying that women suffer a lot and that they aren’t given the chance to be anything. She is also saying that women are only good for their looks and for being fooled or taken advantage of. This quote adds on to what she says about having a very bad time and being cynical about it.

2. “Daisy! Daisy! Daisy! I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai—!”

This quote is said by Myrtle in chapter two (pg 41) when Nick and others are at the apartment, Tom keeps for her, for a small party. Some of the people around when this is said are the McKee’s, Myrtle’s sister, Catherine, Tom and Nick. At the party everyone is drinking and towards midnight Tom and Myrtle get into an argument about whether Myrtle has the right to mention Daisy’s name or not. During this argument Myrtle says the quote above and Tom, angry, hits her...
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