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To what extent might daisy's choice be different today? To what extent might daisy's choice be different today?

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Honestly, looking at the world of the Hamptons, I don't think that Daisy's choice would be much different today. It's a different world, and it hasn't changed much. Social circles are based on wealth, and Daisy's choice of husband would still be based on other factors than love.

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Very class conscious and superficial, Daisy's character seems incapable of true feeling that would alter her actions if she were in the modern world.  For, there are yet the "sorority sisters" of contemporary life who act according to the dictates of their elite group and place any substantial and true feelings that they might feel burgeoning in them as secondary to the goal of marrying a rich man and having a position in upper-class society.  Remember that Nick remarks that she has a voice that "sounded like money" and "a deathless soul."

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Had Daisy had more integrity, as #6 suggests, she would have made different choices, regardless of what era she existed.  Human foibles don't change over time; the study of...

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I think Daisy does have very different choices today. Unless she signed a prenup she would do well in a divorce since Tom was openly having an affair. She is from old money herself so I don't know that she would lose social standing by divorcing Tom today. She may by marrying Gatsby though since his wealth is questionably obtained. Is she motivated by love, money or prestige?

Tom's violence does complicate the situation though. He broke Myrtle's nose when she angered him. I wonder if Daisy hasn't experience Tom's abuse. Would that keep her from leaving him? Did it effect her decision at the time?