Selflessness

Daisy's simple goal focuses on one person: herself.

"Beautiful White Girlhood"

Daisy's goal of her happiness, and its effects, has been shown since the beginning. When Gatsby meets her, she showers herself in the love of other admirers. When Gatsby goes off to war and she is unable to see him off because of her family, "she wasn't on speaking terms... [with them] for three weeks." (Fitzgerald 80). She later marries Tom because she doesn't want the pressure from her parents, and wants to marry rich to ensure her happiness. When she loves Gatsby again, he is rich and exciting and new, and she is growing bored of Tom and his old money ways, and his women in New York.

Does she love Gatsby, or love how he makes her feel?

Why does Daisy leave Gatsby for Tom? She was obviously upset the night before her wedding, drunk and clutching his letter. Perhaps the fact that Gatsby was now making her sad caused her to finally accept being married to Tom. Later, Tom might be boring her, and making her feel jealous and angry because of the affair, so she spends time with Gatsby for new love and excitement. When finally confronted with a choice between the two, she tries to go for the middle ground: the way that would make her more happy. After Gatsby's death, she moves with Tom back to Chicago, where she was popular. Was her choice because she wanted to selfishly be happy, with no thought about the people she was using?

Selfish, or immoral?

After the climax, she and Gatsby drives home together. While she is driving, she hits Tom's mistress, who runs out to try and stop the car. According to Gatsby, she served to miss her, but lost her nerve and swerved back into her to avoid hitting a car. Was this selfish, because she didn't want to get hurt? Or was this a cover-up from Gatsby? Perhaps Gatsby told her it was Tom's mistress, or she knew all along. Killing her would make Tom stop cheating on her, and probably make her happy. Has her goal for happiness made her this immoral?

The rich still act rich

Today, selflessness is still a rare quality in the upper class today. Citi and Morgan Stanley are using US taxpayers' dollars to give their brokers bonuses, instead of the companies own money.

Sprite Garland

Works Cited

Clendaniel, Morgan. "Wait, it Turns Out Rich People Are Selfish, After All." GOOD. N.p., 16 Feb. 2009. Web. 20 Dec. 2012. <www.good.is/posts/wait-it-turns-out-rich-people-are-selfish-after-all/>.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The Great Gatsby. The Authorzied Text ed. New York, NY: Scribner, 1991. Print.