Examples Of Villains In The Great Gatsby

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When you think of villains, you often think of the people you despise the most. They have done nothing to promote a stable society and do not have the characteristics of someone who you should trust and believe in. That is where most of us fail. Villains are not seen as harmful, until they are. They pretend to be someone they aren’t, and then once they have you hooked, they will turn on you and show their true colors. This is an exact replica of what Daisy Buchanan did to Jay Gatsby in the novel The Great Gatsby. Daisy Buchanan, married to her love, Tom, at a young age, clueless, confused and influenced by the ties of social class, family, and her own reputation. Daisy’s aloof attitude about life and her cynical point of view portrays her as…show more content…
Reading The Great Gatsby has opened my eyes to see the truth behind people’s actions and how to see the characters beyond the page. Not only do we see Daisy transform from a cynical, depressed wife, to a life-loving women, we also see that your happiness can not depend on who you are around but it does affect your thoughts, words, and deeds. We learn throughout the novel that Daisy is a conniving, deceitful, cowardly woman afraid of her own shadow, but we also learn that she doesn’t know how to be anything else because of the way she was raised. Daisy incapability of learning to let go and be who she wants to be, is the reason why Gatsby, the man she loves, and Wilson, the husband of Myrtle, die. In the novel, Daisy is the villain, she takes people’s lives, turns them upside down, blames it on someone else, and walks away unharmed and unscathed. That is the epitome of deceiving and selfish. Even in the book, Nick, her own cousin, says that “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” This is the honest truth, and shows that Nick does not want to become the people who admired to be all summer long. He knew that living that kind of life is not worth the heartbreak and the turmoil. Daisy lived the life all of us dreamed about, until we learned who the real the Daisy Buchanan was, then we resented her. Her being behind the novel’s biggest climax, shows that she is the villain behind the scenes in The Great
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