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In The Great Gatsby, why doesn't Daisy leave Tom? This is for a Literary Analysis of...
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Daisy doesn't leave Tom because the two of them are well suited for one another - they are alike. One of the clearest examples of this similarity is in Chapter 7, after Daisy and Tom are back at their house after the disastrous day in the city. Daisy accidentally hit and killed Myrtle with Gatsby's car as Daisy drove home from New York following the confrontation between Jay and Tom. The reader sees Daisy and Tom, with their heads bent over a table of untouched food, talking. The scene that Fitzgerald paints here with his description shows two people who are bookends, holding up their careless lifestyle between them. Daisy is a spoiled, petulant woman-child. In Chapter 8, when the romance between Jay and Daisy is recalled, the reader sees that Daisy is upset with Jay because he has to be gone due to the war. She is so self-centered, she doesn't understand why he doesn't just come home and spend his time with her. Throughout the book, the reader sees the narrow-minded and self-centered Tom. The biggest difference between Tom and Daisy is the way each displays this quality. Tom uses aggression (he's described as a bully and we see several examples of this). Daisy hides behind her dream-like quality; her vagueness.
Posted by luannw on February 25, 2008 at 8:06 PM (Answer #1)
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