In the novel Is Daisy as special as Gatsby thinks she is? Give evidence from the text.

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan is, frankly, not as "special" as the romanticized image Jay Gatsby has developed of her throughout their years apart. In truth, nobody could be as ideal and flawless as Gatsby has imagined Daisy to be. Gatsby lives in the past, and has a narrow perspective of Daisy's personality. In fact, when Nick ventures to suggest that Gatsby is unhealthily enamored with the past, Gatsby remarks that it is absolutely possible to "repeat the past" (99). We can see the true depth-- or else lack thereof-- of Daisy's character throughout the novel. The most striking moment that reveals Daisy's true character is when she allows Gatsby to take the blame for running down and killing Myrtle Wilson. Daisy was driving the car when the accident occurred and sped off from the scene of the crime, but Gatsby assumes the blame. Rather than stepping up and assuming responsibility, she recedes into her money and status, and her inaction inadvertently results in Gatsby being murdered by Myrtle's husband.

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