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In The Great Gatsby, what is Daisy’s real response to Gatsby's party, according to Nick?

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metalsonic10 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM via web

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In The Great Gatsby, what is Daisy’s real response to Gatsby's party, according to Nick?

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mshurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 15, 2009 at 4:50 PM (Answer #1)

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Nick observes that Daisy did not enjoy the party, except for the short time she had spent alone with Gatsby. For the most part, Daisy was "offended" by party, in Nick's words, "because it wasn't a gesture but an emotion." Daisy's negative reaction to Gatsby's party extended to West Egg generally:

She was appalled by West Egg, this unprecedented "place" that Broadway had begotten upon a Long Island fishing village--appalled by its raw vigor that chafed under the old euphemisms . . . . She saw something awful in the very simplicity she failed to understand.

Daisy snobbishly rejects West Egg because it lacks the superficiality of the social conventions with which she has always lived.  

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