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In chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby, what does Jordan's story of Daisy's marriage reveal...

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Posted May 11, 2011 at 1:50 PM via web

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In chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby, what does Jordan's story of Daisy's marriage reveal about Daisy?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 11, 2011 at 7:31 PM (Answer #1)

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The account we are given by Jordan regarding Daisy and her marriage to Tom is interesting on a number of counts. Firstly, we are told that Daisy is found drunk just before the bridal dinner, saying that she has changed her mind and won't marry Tom after all. As she cries, Jordan notes that she has a letter clutched in her hands. Although the letter is ruined and so can never be read, it is strongly implied in the account that this letter is from Gatsby:

She wouldn't let go of the letter. She took it into the tub with her and squeezed it up into a wet ball, and only let me leave it in the soap-dish when she saw that it was coming to pieces like snow.

This, together with the drunkenness and Daisy's change of mind, suggests that Daisy did love Gatsby and did want to marry him, but that having had this emotional release, the forces of society reasserted themselves and she married Tom the next day "without so much of a shiver." Daisy is therefore revealed as a complex character, who probably did love Gatsby, but at the same time felt pressurised into making a "suitable match" according to the dictates of society.

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