In The Great Gatsby, how does Daisy Buchanan represent the American Dream? Daisy may be considered Gatby's American Dream, but how does Daisy represent the American Dream? Please provide a thesis...

In The Great Gatsby, how does Daisy Buchanan represent the American Dream?

Daisy may be considered Gatby's American Dream, but how does Daisy represent the American Dream? Please provide a thesis statement to summarize information.

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One can only consider Daisy Buchanan to embody the American dream if you see her as merely an object of desire, or of the male gaze, rather than as a human being with her own life, goals, and individual existence. In fact, from a feminist perspective, one could argue that The Great Gatsby itself shows women mainly as objects of male sexual desire and as rewards for male characters rather than as genuine people with their own needs and stories. 

Jay Gatsby himself, of course, embodies the American Dream in his reinvention of himself and his portrayal as a self-made man who gets rich by his own hard work and cleverness. His aspirational goals include not just wealth but being accepted by the powerful and aristocratic families of East Egg. One is never sure whether Gatsby loves Daisy for herself or for the old money she represents. While she is part of Gatsby's dream, she herself represents the precise opposite of the American Dream. 

Daisy is descended from wealthy "old money" and married to...

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