The Great Gatsby Daisy Buchannan Character Traits

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People will often disguise their true nature to keep up an image of excellence. Though someone may seem like a perfect picture of charm and grace, they may just as easily be entirely self-serving and shallow. Daisy Buchannan is a wonderful example of this type of person. Though she may seem like the most innocent and worthy woman of Gatsby’s affection, she is quite the opposite; a selfish, hurtful woman, who does not care for Gatsby at any level above which she cares for herself. Daisy Buchannan is a self-serving woman with very little integrity and a love for money above all else in her life.
From the very beginning of the book Daisy is presented as this ornate, graceful person. Nick views her as an ethereal, almost angelic woman and, as Nick is the narrator, readers must also assume this about her. Throughout the novel Fitzgerald compares her to these ideas of beauty and elegance, consistently associating her with the color white, innocence, and, of course, light. Initially Daisy is presented as a shimmer of hope and truth in a setting of exclusively liars and cheats; a radiating lodestar guiding the reader out of the evils of the world. All of these redeeming qualities set her up as a near perfect goal for Gatsby to …show more content…

Daisy is shown to be acutely aware of Tom Buchanan’s infidelity, yet does nothing to combat it. Afterall, she has no love left for Tom anymore, only his money -- and it is not like that was what was having the affair. Additionally, her desire for status and money above all else can be shown in the way she treats her daughter, Pammy Buchanan. She sees her own daughter as little more than an object that she can parade as needed and forget when it is convenient. Daisy goes as far as to say she hopes her daughter to be “A beautiful little fool,” implying a woman has no place in this world, unless she is like Daisy, dependent entirely on her own beauty and the wealth of richer

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