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Please give a quote from The Great Gatsby that demonstrates the materialism of Daisy.

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Posted March 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM via web

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Please give a quote from The Great Gatsby that demonstrates the materialism of Daisy.

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

Posted March 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM (Answer #1)

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It is clear from the text that one of the attributes that is immediately associated with the character of Daisy is wealth and materialism. She is automatically linked to riches and a manner of life that diverges from the kind of squalour that Myrtle is forced to endure in the Ashes. At each stage of the novel, she is associated with the kind of wealth and standard of living that many Americans at that time could only dream of. Whether it is her response to the many English shirts that Gatsby has when she is given a tour around his mansion or her description and the kind of clothes she wears, it is clear that wealth and its conspicuous consumption is tremendously important to her. Indeed, when the reader finds out about the background story of Gatsby and Daisy, it was a crucial factor in her decision to marry Tom Buchanan:

In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before. He came down with a hundred people in four private cars, and hired a whole floor of the Seelbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

One of the factors that caused her to marry Tom was the wealth he was able to offer, and this was something that Gatsby at that stage in his life was unable to give. The emphasis that is placed on the "whole floor" of the prestigious hotel and the way that the value of the string of pearls is calculated, and its great worth, is something that indicates beyond a doubt that Daisy's choice of husband was based on wealth and materialism rather than any other motive.

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