Daisy's American Dream

By: Brock Ethridge

American Dream

In the Great Gatsby Daisy had dream similar to Gatsby's dream which is to find someone they love. Daisy's lover must have money, but also be in the same social class as her. "... promising that there was no one in the world she so much wanted to see. That was a way she had." (Fitzgerald 9). When people first meet Daisy she seems to be this very outgoing and ecstatic women. Once you get close to her she just becomes a normal rich girl. "that huge place there? she cried pointing" (Fitzgerald 90). Daisy started to cry when Gatsby showed her his huge house. She really got interested in him when she learned about his wealth. "...she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them" Daisy and Tom moved out of their east egg house because of this whole situation. This shows that Daisy is not this outgoing and lovely girl that Gatsby loved so dearly.

Symbol

Daisy can represent the "old-money" social class, wealthiness, and materialism. she always wants things, she doesn't care much about anything else. Daisy has always been the kind of girl that gets everything she wants according to Jordan. "She only married you because I was poor" (Fitzgerald 130). Gatsby solidifies that Daisy is materialistic. She is that of an extremist when it comes to acquire wealth that she sacrificed love for the sake of money. "Daisy... smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness..." (Fitzgerald 179). She uses her wealth and status to break away from any responsibility. "her voice is full of money" (Fitzgerald 120). Gatsby even knows that Daisy cares much about money, and has much of it.

Charcter Traits

Daisy Buchanan is very beautiful and wealthy, but isn't so lucky when it comes to her personality traits. She is very superficial and undecided. Daisy is very manipulative to men that have a lot of money, is athletic, and is good looking. In chapter five Nick asks her to tea, as Gatsby requests. He tells her to not invite Tom, her husband. "Who is Tom?" she asked innocently (Fitzgerald 83). She asks as if she doesn't know who Tom is even though she is married to him. "Are you in love with me, she said low in my ear or why did I have to come alone" (Fitzgerald 85). She flirting with Nick who is her second cousin. She flirts with everyone she sees which shows her true personality. "they're such beautiful shirts... It makes me sad because I've never seen such-such beautiful shirts before" (Fitzgerald 92). She gets really emotional with Gatsby when she finds out about his wealth. She like that he has tons of shirts and a huge house. Daisy is a gold-digger.

Color

In the Great Gatsby Daisy can be represented as a Daisy. White on the outside and yellow on the inside. White represents that she is beautiful and looks pure and innocent. Yellow represents fake gold. Daisy looks beautiful and has money, but is fake, spoiled, and irresponsible. "Left no Address?" (Fitzgerald 164). Daisy and Tom left with no return address. They don't want people to know where they are going because of the whole Gatsby incident. "High in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl" (Fitzgerald 115). The palace is talking about Gatsby's house, and the golden girl is Daisy. She is very fake and materialistic. "...like silver idols weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans" (Fitzgerald 115). Her and Jordan always were white dresses which symbolizes their wealth.

Cost of Dream

Daisy was the reason all the controversy occurred in The Great Gatsby. She lost her relationship with Gatsby which was probably the best guy for her. She lost the friendship of Nick, Jordan, and all the people on the east egg that knew them. Her and Tom will always have to remember the death of both Gatsby and Myrtle. "Say when they'd get back?" "no" (Fitzgerald 164). They didn't even tell Nick, Daisy's second cousin. where they were going. "i'm glad, Jay" (Fitzgerald 89). She is calling him nick-name which shows their relationship. "I certainly am awfully glad to see you again" (Fitzgerald 86). Nick and Daisy get closer to each other, but is a waste since she moved away.

Works Cited

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print."The Use of Colors in The Great Gatsby."Lesekost. Lesen ist Kino im Kopf. Herbert Huber bringt alles dazu. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2012.