In The Great Gatsby, how are Daisy and Gatsby similar and different? Can you support it with 4 quotes relative to each charactor?I can't seem to find it, and I'm a little confused on how to do it....

In The Great Gatsby, how are Daisy and Gatsby similar and different? Can you support it with 4 quotes relative to each charactor?

I can't seem to find it, and I'm a little confused on how to do it. I don't know where or how to start.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Well, Danielle, this actually is a little confusing. I can't recall specific passages from the novel that directly compare or contrast Daisy and Gatsby, but various passages about Daisy and about Gatsby would establish similarities and differences between them.

As for their similarities, consider these:

1. Gatsby and Daisy are both wealthy and live in huge mansions.

(Passages in Chapter I that describe the Buchanans' estate and Gatsby's mansion would show this similarity.

2. Gatsby and Daisy sometimes speak in an affected manner.

(Daisy's dialog in Chapter I and Gatsby's conversation with Nick in Chapter IV show their stilted speech.

3. Gatsby and Daisy had both been deeply in love during their time together in Louisville.

(The description in Chapter VIII of Gatsby holding Daisy in his arms the last afternoon before he went away to war shows how much they loved each other.)

Their differences are significant:

1. Daisy was born to wealth; Jay Gatsby grew up in poverty as Jimmy Gatz.

(Daisy's wealthy background is discussed in Chapter VIII; Gatsby's early life of poverty is established in Chapter VI and Chapter IX.)

2. Daisy is unfaithful to Gatsby, abandoning him after Myrtle's death and returning to Tom; Gatsby is faithful to Daisy until he is shot to death in his pool, still waiting for her to call.

(In Chapter VII, Gatsby stands outside in the dark watching over Daisy to "protect" her from Tom, while she is inside having supper with him. Also, passages in Chapter IX show that Gatsby continued to wait for Daisy's call, refusing to give up his dream of her.)

I hope these suggestions are helpful. Good luck.

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