What Is Daisy's Relationship In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is a novel that discusses many issues around money in American society. A direct link to this is Daisy and Tom Buchanan, characters who represent the old money upper class. Throughout the story their true personality appears. The Buchanans’ are centered around wealth to the point that their relationship is built on money and class. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby the characters of Tom and Daisy Buchanan convey the theme that when the foundation for a relationship is money in place of love the outcome is a hollow marriage. The interactions between Daisy and Gatsby juxtapose Daisy’s relationship with Tom. The initial relationship between Daisy and Gatsby was blissful. Jay Gatsby adored Daisy. He “looked …show more content…

After crying about the letter Daisy “walked out of the room, the pearls were around her neck and the incident was over.” (76). Once Daisy has calmed down, leaving the room and making her decision. By wearing the pearl necklace, Daisy shows that she chooses money over love. In the end Daisy settles with Tom, not based on love but instead money. Daisy “wanted her life shaped now, immediately-and the decision must be made by some force-of love, of money, or unquestionable practicality-that was close at hand” (151). Tom provides security when it came to money and he fit the status quo. Daisy is more concerned about her social status than love. She would rather be high end and classy instead of waiting for someone she loves. Eventually Daisy and Gatsby reunite, but this relationship does not last. Gatsby tell Nick that he ‘“waited, and about four o’clock she came to the window and stood there for a minute and then turned out the light’” (147). This quote symbolizes the end of Daisy and Gatsby’s relationship. The light Daisy turns off is pink and pink typically represents love. By turning it off the pink light Daisy is choosing money over love as her final choice. Daisy has proven herself to be materialistic and to fulfill her need for wealth she marries Tom to remain a member of old money upper class, not for

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