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In Chapter Seven of The Great Gatsby, as Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby accept a lunch invitation, they wait on Daisy before going into the city. When Tom Buchanan leaves the room, Gatsby turns to Nick, saying that he must be careful in the Buchanan house. Nick tells Gatsby,
"She's got an indiscreet voice....It's full of---"
"Her voice is full of money," Gatsby said suddenly.
That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of mone--that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cybals' song of it....High in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl...
Thus, Daisy's most salient characteristic is that she carries “well-forgotten dreams from age to age.” Daisy exists solely in a dream world of money and social status because she has become disappointed in her marriage to the philandering Tom Buchanan and because she is trapped in the patriarchal society of her age. Daisy forms no true convictions or ideas; she simply lives in the moment. In Chapter Eight, when Gatsby confronts Tom with his and Daisy's love, he beckons Daisy to tell her husband that she does not love him:
She hesitated. Her eyes fell on Jordan and me with a sort of appeal, as though she realized at last what she was doing--and as though she had never, all along, intended doing anything at all....
"Oh, you want too much!" she cried to Gatsby. "I love you now--isn't that enough?"
Living in a dream world, Daisy cannot cope with reality and so she desires only to remain in the illusion of her love for Gatsby. Taking refuge in the materialistic, Daisy delights in the many colored shirts Jay shows her when she comes to his house,
They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before.”
As she looks around Gatsby's house, she comments only on things,
“I adore it,” exclaimed Daisy. “The pompadour! You never told me you had a pompadour—or a yacht.”
Perhaps, then, central to the character of Daisy are her own words as she describes the birth of her daughter,
I woke up out of the ether [after delivering a baby] with an utterly abandoned feeling and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. 'All right,' I said, 'I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.'
If a girl is a "fool" she will not feel anguish or disillusionment; she will not need to retreat to a world of dreams as Daisy has. Like Gatsby's life, Daisy's is also tragic.
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