Describe Daisy's character and her contribution to the development of The Great Gatsby.

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Daisy serves as the point of contention in the conflict between Gatsby and Tom. She is the prominent symbolic figure in Gatsby's vision for his future. Again on a symbolic level, Daisy represents wealth. 

Most simply, Daisy should be seen as the character driving the action of the novel. Though Nick is the narrator and Gatsby is the principal character, Daisy is the character that puts things into motion. Daisy invites Nick to dinner and initiates him into the "high society" world he finds in the east.

Daisy also serves as Gatsby's motivation, symbolically and practically. (She is the reason he throws his lavish parties. Gatsby hopes one day she will show up at a party and they will "naturally" meet again.)

Daisy is also the character that kills Myrtle, bringing the novel to its climax

Clearly, Daisy's functional role is quite significant in the narrative. 

On a more conceptual level, we can see Daisy as a representative of wealth. She is the aim of Gatby's pursuit and she is an example of the wealth that Tom takes for granted. She is directly aligned with this idea at one point when Gatsby describes her voice. 

“Her voice is full of money.”

As the object of desire in a narrative where money is associated with a society's deepest desires, Daisy comes to represent the fulfillment of a materialistic American Dream. 

Her whole careless world revolves around this illusion: that money makes everything beautiful, even if it is not.

Seen in this regard, Daisy is central to the development of the novel's themes relating to material ambition, social striving, and distorted value systems. 

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Discuss the character of Daisy in the Great Gatsby, and how she contributes to the overall development of the plot.

Daisy enjoys being young, blonde, beautiful and rich. She lives her life to gather all the pleasure she can from being young, blonde, beautiful and rich. There isn't any great depth to her personality and there certainly aren't any strong principles upon which she has built her life. She lives for the moment and whatever can provide the most fun then and there.

Daisy becomes the unreachable ideal woman of Gatsby's dreams. She is the reason why he creates the fictional life history for himself, why he engages in the activities that allow him to over-extend his finances in an effort to make himself appear richer than he is, why he pursues the fantasy existence that he thinks will make him worthy of and attractive to Daisy. Gatsby never recognizes the superficiality of her existence.

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