Euphemism In The Great Gatsby

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A gesture is artificial and could be meaningless, while an emotion is a natural instinctive feeling, so Daisy’s seeing this offense as not “a gesture but an emotion” shows that she is offended by the movement for inclusion, not the party. The placement of the word place in quotations shows reveals that Daisy doesn’t believe West Egg even deserves the title of a place or location, because she sees West Egg as an “unprecedented” movement for radicalization and liberalization. Furthermore, this movement “chaf[ing] under the old euphemisms” suggests that the movement attacks old customs, and its “obtrusive” nature, meaning that it is prominent in an unwelcome or intrusive way, shows that Daisy is disturbed by this. During the 1920’s, it was common…show more content…
Still at the party, “‘Lots of people come who haven’t been invited,’” Daisy said suddenly. “‘That girl hadn’t been invited. They simply force their way in and he’s too polite to object.’” (108). The fact that people “simply force their way in[to]” Gatsby’s parties disturbs Daisy because they are transcending social barriers unchecked. “Too polite to object,” Gatsby is inclusive to these people who are lower than him and Daisy is disgusted that, revealing that she, like Tom, also believes in the strict maintenance of social barriers. Daisy wants to remain isolated from the other social classes because she wants to retain her power and stability and wealth. For Daisy, it is okay to like the party on paper because it supports the idealistic view of Gatsby, but when she is confronted by the real life party and her superior status hinges on the decisions she makes, she gets caught up in her own self-interest. In the end, Daisy disgust of the party shows that she too has adopted Tom’s beliefs of exclusion and
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