In The Great Gatsby, what is Daisy’s real response to Gatsby's party, according to Nick?

In The Great Gatsby, Daisy's real response to Gatsby's party is one of dislike, according to Nick. Nick says she is "offended" by it.

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In chapter 6, Daisy attends one of Gatsby's parties, and Tom insists on accompanying her because he is tired of Daisy "running around alone." Nick recalls that this party in particular had an oppressive air, pondering whether Tom's presence created this atmosphere.

As Tom and Daisy circulate, Gatsby points out the famous faces in the crowd. Tom claims to be unimpressed, noting that he doesn't "know a soul" there. Daisy, however, inflates the significance of the guests, desperately seeking to affirm the guests and the atmosphere. The guests are drunk, and even Nick notes that their drunken behavior has a "septic" effect on the gathering.

As they continue to observe the unrestrained social gathering, Nick realizes that the party is offensive to Daisy. This is quite a contrast to her typical social gatherings, which would be strictly organized and with tight social expectations of behavior. Though Gatsby's party is an elaborate display of his wealth, it does not replicate the social norms to which Daisy has been accustomed. The contrast between the socially exclusive East Egg, where she lives with Tom, and the "raw vigor" of West Egg, where Gatsby lives, appalls Daisy.

Gatsby is beginning to realize that Daisy has changed a great deal from the girl he fell in love with years earlier. Grasping, he insists to Nick that he somehow needs to "make her understand," because he feels the distance between their two worlds.

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Nick says that Daisy did not enjoy the party. He says,

I knew that except for the half-hour she’d been alone with Gatsby she wasn’t having a good time.

He opines that the party "offend[s]" her by being too filled with brash, new-money people and Broadway types. It represents a type of change she doesn't understand.

Gatsby shares the same perception of Daisy's response after she and Tom leave:

“She didn’t like it,” he said immediately.

“Of course she did.”

“She didn’t like it,” he insisted. “She didn’t have a good time.”

It is interesting to note that Nick lies to Gatsby in the passage above, having earlier in the novel called Jordan a liar and insisted that his own "cardinal virtue" was his honesty. But even though Nick tries to comfort Gatsby by lying, they both know that Daisy was uncomfortable at the party and didn't understand it.

This is ironic, because Gatsby has been giving these lavish parties week after week solely in the hopes that Daisy would come through the door one night and be impressed. Her dislike of the party thus expresses the gulf that has grown between them in the five years since they first fell in love. Gatsby will end the vibrant parties because Daisy doesn't like them, but that won't mend the rift in their relationship.

Gatsby says to Nick that things between he and Daisy used to be different. They could talk for hours together. But now his world is not her world. Yet when Nick suggests it is impossible to set the clock back and make things as they were, Gatsby rejects that idea.

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Daisy is a character that we want so much to like, but she proves time and again just what kind of woman she really is. According to Nick, Daisy is offended by the party because she thinks it wasn't a gesture but an emotion. We see that Daisy does not have much fun at the party, the only time she enjoyed was the few moments she was alone with Gatsby. Daisy shows her snobbish side while at the party. 

We know that Gatsby is in love with Daisy, or at least the thought of her. We want Daisy to be deserving of Gatsby's love and devotion, but she just doesn't prove that she is. Throughout the novel, we see Daisy as a snob and self absorbed. We come to learn that Daisy is selfish and self serving. She has grown up around money, so she expects people to act a certain way, and when they don't, she becomes judgmental. Gatsby has done things he probably shouldn't have done, but he did these things to prove himself to Daisy. It is a sad concept that Gatsby thinks he has to prove his worthiness to her. 

Daisy looks down on people with new money. She comes from old money and holds herself to a different standard than those who have just come into money. In one way, we can feel for Daisy. She was raised a certain way and was taught how she was suppose to act. This is the only way of life she knows, so we can see, in some small way, why she is the way she is, but when real love comes to her, she turns her back on it. This kind of love comes along so rarely, and Daisy, because of her selfishness and being a part of the elite, doesn't trust the real love that is offered to her. That is the real tragedy.

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Nick observes that Daisy did not enjoy the party, except for the short time she had spent alone with Gatsby. For the most part, Daisy was "offended" by party, in Nick's words, "because it wasn't a gesture but an emotion." Daisy's negative reaction to Gatsby's party extended to West Egg generally:

She was appalled by West Egg, this unprecedented "place" that Broadway had begotten upon a Long Island fishing village--appalled by its raw vigor that chafed under the old euphemisms . . . . She saw something awful in the very simplicity she failed to understand.

Daisy snobbishly rejects West Egg because it lacks the superficiality of the social conventions with which she has always lived.  

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