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What kind of person is Daisy from the novel "The Great Gatsby"?

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smartie16 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2008 at 11:01 PM via web

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What kind of person is Daisy from the novel "The Great Gatsby"?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 31, 2008 at 11:44 PM (Answer #1)

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Gatsby's great line about Daisy sums her up for me: "Her voice is full of money." Daisy comes from old money. It shapes her character, and runs through every aspect of it. She is spoiled, but also assumes privilege, like a noble from a medieval society (a princess, perhaps). All her life she's been waited on and courted, and she takes it as her due. It helps that she's lovely and graceful. This allows her to get away with even more, and for people to enjoy waiting on her. Of course, she's dishonest as well (look at the affair), and can't hold to principle.

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jgomezada | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted November 1, 2008 at 12:04 AM (Answer #2)

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Daisy Buchanan is characterized as a “Golden Girl,” which is typical in Fitzgerald's stories. She is wealthy, hard-to-get, and a debutante. In "The Great Gatsby," she is the love of Jay Gatsby. He'd do anything fo her and even goes to the length of building his home, a mansion, to please her.

Daisy is dream-laden, materialistic, unrealistic, manipulative, and selfish. She is married to Tom Buchanan, and at first, the marriage is happy. Later, she discovers that Tom cheats on her. Daisy retreats to a dream world in order to deal with her marital problems, and dreams about being with Gatsby, her first love. Daisy is flirtatious around Gatsby and leads him on. She later commits murder, and Gatsby is so enamored of her that he takes responsibility for the crime. Scared for herself, Daisy seeks protection from her husband when Gatsby is in trouble. Nick, the moral voice of the novel, realizes that Daisy is driven by money. In fact, her entire frivolous world revolves around the illusion that money makes everything better and, even, beautiful. However, although she has this materialistic side, Daisy also has a spiritual lightness.

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