What do Tom and Daisy have in common? Why do they stay together? Does their relationship change at all through the novel?Discuss the relationship between Tom and Daisy

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In The Great Gatsby, Tom and Daisy have little in common except each other and their way of life, daily routines, and the status quo they form.  Daisy is, or at least would like to be, romantic, while Tom is wholly and proudly pragmatic.  Daisy understands the predicament of a female living in a patriarchal society.  Though she doesn't like it, she knows that the way for a woman to succeed is to be pretty and charming and, thus, stays with Tom.  This is pragmatic, yes, but Daisy is pragmatic out of necessity.  She also stays with Tom even when Gatsby tries to steal her away, because Gatsby asks "too much."  The inference is that the romance between Gatsby and Daisy that took place years before meant more to Gatsby than it did to Daisy.  Gatsby assumes that Daisy never loved Tom, but Daisy refuses to agree.

In some ways, the relationship between Tom and Daisy becomes more open by the close of the novel, but this is probably superficial.  Tom probably won't take more notice of her and treat her well for very long. 

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