Why is Daisy winking "ferociously towards the fervent sun" and is there a symbolic meaning to this? The question is from chapter one, page 17 or 18 (not sure) relating to this quote:...

Why is Daisy winking "ferociously towards the fervent sun" and is there a symbolic meaning to this?

The question is from chapter one, page 17 or 18 (not sure) relating to this quote:

"We've got to beat them down" whispered Daisy, winking ferociously toward the fervent sun.

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Daisy is merely parroting her husband's words here. She does not have any true convictions, in this instance she is merely mirroring what she has obviously heard from Tom numerous times.

She is detached in what she is saying, her face uplifted toward the sun. Daisy clearly does not share strong feelings on the subject of racism. Looking up into the bright sun shows her disinterest in the subject at hand.

The term "winking" could be symbolic, she winks as she whispers her agreement, thereby showing she is not agree with Tom. The term "ferociously" shows the extent to which she holds contempt for her husband and his opinions.

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