What is Daisy's American Dream in The Great Gatsby?

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We seldom think of what Daisy's dreams are in this novel, since Nick focuses most of his attention on Gatsby's all-encompassing dream of reuniting with Daisy.

However, we get one glimpse, through Nick, of what Daisy's dream might have been:

there was Jordan beside me who, unlike Daisy, was too wise ever to carry well-forgotten dreams from age to age.

This statement comes after Tom has found out about Daisy and Gatsby's affair and after the tense confrontation in the Plaza hotel. Tom has researched Gatsby and exposed to Daisy, Jordan, and Nick some of Gatsby's criminal background, revealing that most of his money was earned illegally. The revelations of Gatsby's precarious, illegal wealth and the ease with which he could be imprisoned destroy Daisy's dream—which, it appears, was much like Gatsby's dream. She had dreamed that the two of them could set back the clock and start over again. In the Plaza, as Tom speaks, Daisy

was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave that up and only...

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