Daisy Buchanan's Reality In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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How do people respond to the real world? Everyone responds to it differently, but whether they deal with it effectively or not is something else completely. The characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby struggle with this. The events that take place on Long Island, New York in the summer of 1922 show us various examples of how people react to reality. Nick Carroway accepts and lives in the real world, and doesn’t understand the fake, superficial world that the other characters live in. Daisy Buchanan hides from the real world by running off and having affairs. Jay Gatsby completely fails to acknowledge the real world, and lives in his own fantasy where he thinks he still has a chance with Daisy. These three characters show…show more content…
Daisy Buchanan’s reality is very stressful and problematic, so she finds solace in coping methods that aren 't the most effective. “‘Oh, you want too much’ she cried to Gatsby ‘I love you now- isn 't that enough? I can 't help what 's past,’ she began to sob helplessly. ‘I did love him once- but I loved you too’” (132 Fitzgerald) She doesn’t want to deal with her loveless marriage and the fact that she still loves Gatsby too. She goes on to have an affair with him, but never actually confronts Gatsby or Tom about this. She would prefer to just deal with her unhappy marriage by not confronting it because she doesn 't want to deal with the consequences. In reference to Myrtle Wilson’s slaughter, Nick and Gatsby have this exchange, “ ‘ Was Daisy driving’ ‘Yes,’ he said after a moment, ‘but of course I’ll say I was…” (143 Fitzgerald). Gatsby is yet another person who protects Daisy from any consequences she may face. Daisy accidentally runs over Myrtle Wilson, something ironic in and of itself because Myrtle having an affair with Daisy’s husband, in a fit of emotions that she can 't control, and then doesn 't have to deal with any of the repercussions because she is protected from the by the men in her life. Daisy does know that she 's not living in the real world, but she is shielded…show more content…
The characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel The Great Gatsby are all examples of how people deal with the real world. Some face it head on, and accept that life isn’t the greatest, but it’s the life we’re given and we just have to accept it. Others know that the real world is going on around them, but burry themselves in luxuries to distract themselves. Some don 't even face the real world, and just live in a fantasy. This novel shows us that the real world is a very difficult thing to deal with and everyone has different ways of
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