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What is the emotional state of Daisy in chapter one ofThe Great Gatsby?

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Posted October 6, 2013 at 7:37 PM via web

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What is the emotional state of Daisy in chapter one ofThe Great Gatsby?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 11, 2013 at 5:38 AM (Answer #1)

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Daisy shows herself in many different ways from the beginning of this story. She is playful, charming, and giddy as she flirts with Nick. She is childish in her teasing of Tom and his recent habits of reading and thought. After Tom receives the phone call she walks with Nick and confesses that she "is pretty cynical about everything." She tells Nick about what she said to her daughter after she was born. However, after all of this seeming sincerity, Nick comments that he "felt the basic insincerity of what she had said. It made me uneasy, as though the whole evening had been a trick of some sort to exact a contributary emotion from me." It is difficult to say exactly what Daisy's emotional state is because it is difficult to decipher what is real and what is just show.

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