What is the interpretation of Daisy`s voice in the following phrases and sentence from The Great Gatsby?" jingle of it " "the cymbals song of it."   " Her voice struggled on through the heat,...

What is the interpretation of Daisy`s voice in the following phrases and sentence from The Great Gatsby?

" jingle of it " "the cymbals song of it."   " Her voice struggled on through the heat, beating against it,moulding its senselessness into forms" " Daisy` voice got us to our feet and out on to the blazing gravel drive "

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In Chapter Seven of The Great Gatsby, there is this focus on Daisy's voice,

"Her voice is full of money," he [Gatsby] said suddenly.

That was it. I'd never understood before.   It was full of money--that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it....High in a white palace the king's daugher, the golden girl...

A great part of the lure of Daisy is her voice, her intriguing, frivolous, sensuous, thrilling voice.  It has the lure of the illusionary, the days of Gatsby's youth, the dream of wealth.  For Gatsby, it is irresistible as it promises romance and a return to the bliss he felt when he first met her with the "jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it."

In another passage, the lyric Realist Fitzgerald describes how Daisy, torn between her relationship with Tom and her renewed one from her frivolous youth that have converged in the heat of the day,

struggled on through the heat, beating against it, moulding its senselessness into forms.

This is the promise of Daisy's voice:  she makes something take form in Gatsby's heart, his memory of something irresistibly seductive.  Then, when the irascible Tom displays his temper,

Daisy's voice got us to our feet and out on to the blazing gravel drive.

"Are we just going to go?...Like this?  Aren't we going to let anyone smoke a cigarette first?"

She begs Tom, "Oh, let's have fun.... It's too hot to fuss."

Here Daisy displays what Nick calls her "indiscreet voice," a voice of amorality, acts of indiscretion and superficiality. It is a voice that really does not reveal her.  In another part of the narrative, Nick indicates the nature of Daisy's voice.

"the instant her voice broke off, ceasing to compel my attention, my belief, I felt the basic insincerity of she had said."

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