In The Great Gatsby, what is ironic about what Daisy says to Nick in reference to Jordan, "I think the home influence will be very good for her"?

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It is ironic, generally speaking, that Daisy purports to know what might or might not be a good influence on someone else. Irony is created when what actually happens is dramatically different from what one expected to happen. We would not likely expect Daisy—who married a man she did not...

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It is ironic, generally speaking, that Daisy purports to know what might or might not be a good influence on someone else. Irony is created when what actually happens is dramatically different from what one expected to happen. We would not likely expect Daisy—who married a man she did not love, who has an unhappy marriage, who is happy to cheat on her husband with another man—to hold herself up as one who can speak to the moral influence of anything on anyone. However, she does, acting as though she is somehow an expert on what might be good for someone else when she really seems to have no idea about what is good for herself. She implies that a glimpse of her home life will benefit Jordan, but, really, all a glimpse of Daisy's home life does is showcase what happens when people get married for the wrong reasons. It isn't going to have a beneficial influence on Jordan; how could it?!

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When Daisy says the influence of her home will be good for Jordan, it's ironic because the atmosphere and lifestyle of the Buchanan household isn't a positive influence for anyone. Daisy and her husband are not in love and aren't a strong couple.

Jordan is a woman who doesn't revere the typical things women like Daisy did—marriage and family. While it's possible that Daisy is being sincere about her household being a good place for Jordan, the more likely possibility is that she's being sarcastic. Tom is cheating on her; Daisy is aware of it and unhappy. She understands that their home is not a place to help Jordan settle down.

While it's possible that Daisy believes Jordan will get a taste for domesticity while spending time with her and her husband, it seems unlikely that will happen. The unhappy marriage between Tom and Daisy—and the environment it creates—are not things that will influence Jordan in what Daisy would consider to be a positive way.

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Daisy's statement is ironic because the home she and Tom share is not one based on love or even convenience, but out of a duty to their upper social class. The type of irony being discussed here can easily be defined as "the opposite of what's expected." Daisy's comments that "a home influence" will be good for Jordan, it comes with the suggestion that the Buchanan household is a happy one (whatever that means) and will make Jordan a better person at the end. But the reader quickly learns the opposite is true. 

In Chapter 1, Jordan tells Nick of Tom's infidelities and how he's "got some woman in New York." Then, with Daisy seemingly unmasking her public persona, she reveals to Nick that she hopes her daughter will "be a fool—that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."

To really see the sickness of the Buchanan household, it's important to look at the home after all the tragedies in the novel take place. With both Daisy's and Tom's lovers dead, the two return to one another and leave on a vacation. They don't attempt to clean up the mess they made. Instead, "they retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness..." 

Jordan's decision on the night of Myrtle's death to go with the Buchanans instead of with Nick is a symbolic one. Unfortunately for her, the Buchanans' home life turned out to be such a bad influence on her that she basically became one of them. 

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