In The Great Gatsby, what does Daisy really want in life?

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Throughout the novel, Daisy is a physically attractive woman who is unhappily married to a wealthy man. Although Daisy is in love with Jay Gatsby and has an affair with him, she chooses to stay with Tom Buchanan because he is wealthy and the relationship is convenient for her. The reason Daisy chooses not to leave Tom for Gatsby is because Tom reveals Jay Gatsby is involved in the illegal business of bootlegging. Upon hearing this, Daisy feels insecure about staying with Gatsby and goes back to Tom. Overall, Daisy wants Tom to respect their marriage and stop having affairs. She also wants to live a life of luxury, convenience, and security. She feels secure in her marriage to Tom because he is wealthy and lives a privileged life.

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