In The Great Gatsby, are Daisy's voice and manner natural to her or is she acting?Chapter 1

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Daisy is a true Southern belle of the old South, which meant that her upbringing instilled certain patterns of behavior in response to the expected roles she would have in life. She would have been raised with the understanding that her goal in life was to marry someone rich, and she would have been taught all the appropriate mannerisms and actions to support achieving that goal.

By the time of the story, Daisy's speech patterns and actions are completely natural - she has learned and internalized her lessons very well.

She...held my hand for a moment, looking up into my face, promising that there was no one in the world she so much wanted to see. That was a way she had...I've heard it said that Daisy's murmur was only to make people lean towrad her; and irrelevant criticism that made it no less charming.

Daisy is too superficial to be able to act in her relationships with others. Her voice and manners are completely natural and unthinking to her - she would not be capable of sounding or acting otherwise.


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