In "The Great Gatsby", why does Daisy say she wishes her daughter to be a "beautiful fool?"

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Despite the fact that Daisy seems to be completely enthralled with money and the material objects that come with it, she is also completely aware of her surroundings. Even though she tries to pretend that her husband is not a violent person and that he is not having an affair, Daisy knows the truth about what is going on around her. We know this from the first time we meet Daisy – at the dinner party with Nick and Jordan in Chapter One. Daisy wishes this for her daughter because if her daughter is a “fool” she will not be able to recognize when a man is treating her poorly or cheating on her as is the case with the life that Daisy must live through everyday.


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