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In Chapter 7, why does Gatsby view Daisy's child with surprise?
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Gatsby is surprised because he has known Daisy for a long time, but never knew that she had a child.
Posted by alexb2 on January 18, 2008 at 6:37 AM (Answer #2)
Gatsby is surprised because he does not view a woman as a full human being, which would mean encompassing her sexual as well as her maternal aspects. He sees Daisy as an ideal in terms of her sexuality which he links with money: the American Dream is symbolized both in money and a beautiful woman. However, in addition to that, accepting Daisy as a mother would mean to accept the fact that she slept with Tom and possibly loved him, too, and that she would have a separate love for her child as well. Gatsby is not prepared to share Daisy with anyone.
Posted by sagetrieb on January 22, 2008 at 9:54 AM (Answer #3)
Gatsby is bound and determined to forget the past five years, and he is insistent that Daisy forget them as well. The child is living, breathing proof that not only did the past five years exist, but during them Daisy was married to, and possibly even loved, Tom Buchanan. This fact is something Gatsby is neither ready nor able to accept, and as a result he is shocked to behold the child.
Posted by alien17 on January 5, 2013 at 7:53 AM (Answer #4)
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