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How did Tom and Daisy spend their honeymoon?

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Posted November 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM via web

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How did Tom and Daisy spend their honeymoon?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM (Answer #1)

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Fitzgerald leaves the reader to imagine how Tom and Daisy spent their honeymoon.  There was an emotional connection that Daisy held towards Gatsby, something that she displayed supposed passion and intensity towards.  This was interrupted with Tom's proposal of marriage and the gift of a "string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars."  Once Daisy accepts this proposal, Fitzgerald describes the sequence of events with brevity, almost reflecting Daisy's emotional state of being:  " Next day at five o’clock she married Tom Buchanan without so much as a shiver, and started off on a three months’ trip to the South Seas."  

Tom and Daisy spend their honeymoon traveling.  Jordan speaks of how Daisy's demeanor changes when she returns.  She is more possessive and clinging towards Tom.  Jordan also speaks of how Tom engaged in infidelities, even while on the honeymoon.  This leads the reader to surmise that they spent their honeymoon in a descent into carnal oblivion, where temporal satisfaction was perceived to represent emotional fulfillment.  The fact that Daisy is immediately attracted to the money and financial comfort that Tom represents indicates that their honeymoon was spent in full immersion of physical and temporal satisfaction on as many levels as possible.  It is in this way in which Tom and Daisy spent their honeymoon.  The manner in which they spent their honeymoon represents the superficiality that both come to represent in their individual actions and in their marriage.

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