June 4, 2014
Daisy,Love and Hate
In “The Great Gatsby”, Daisy is a beautiful young woman from Louisville, raised by her rich family. To this extent, Daisy seems to represent the paragon of perfection but actually, she is totally a realistic woman. So, the readers have love-hate feelings for her.
Love for Daisy is admittedly understandable.
Daisy has beautiful appearance and charming voice. “she was the first ‘nice’ girl he had ever known” (141). As a young debutante in Louisville, Daisy is extremely popular among the military officers. “It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again” (14). Daisy’s voice is overwhelming to every man and it’s like true promises.To Gatsby, Daisy’s voice speaks of wealth (115). Daisy’s voice is on of her greatest allure that obsesses Gatsby.
In addition, Daisy does have some redeeming qualities like she is capable of love. She refuses to let go of Gatsby’s letter even when she enters the tub and she wants to tell people she regrets marring Tom (76). This shows her true love for Gatsby that time. Daisy’s first meeting with Gatsby after her marriage also vividly shows she still has feelings for Gatsby (86). And judging from her attitude to Nick, Daisy is genuinely fond of him too.
Nevertheless, Daisy’s flaws are more obviously exposed to readers.
Money is the top priority in Daisy’s life. “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” (22). Here she suggests that women need to be foolish in that era, which is cruel to women and requires women to be just satisfied with money, which is the only thing can prove them and give them happiness. So for money, Daisy chooses being a fool and accepts her fate to marry Tom. In the town’s meeting, Daisy claims that she loves Gatsby now but she loves Tom once too (126). Gatsby has money now not in the past.
Cited: F.Scott, Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, London, Penguin Group, 1926