The Great Gatsby By: F. Fitzgerald
Daisy's dream is to be rich and to be the center of attention. She wants to live the good life and she loves expensive and extravagent things. We see this here when we read "Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily. "They're such beautiful shirts," she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds." (Fitzgerald, 92) Based on the fact that Daisy is crying over some shirts, just proves that she loves the rich extravagent wealthy things in this case, cloths. We also see Daisy enjoying wealth when we read "Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans." (Fitzgerald, 115) By reading this we can just further more prove that Daisy likes to be treated like royalty and loves being rich. We also notice Daisy likes to be served on when we read "Daisy sat upon the couch. The nurse took a step forward and held out her hand." (Fitzgerald, 117) This just helps prove how she loves being waited on and the center of attention.
One thing that Symbolizes Daisy is a 100$ bill. A 100 dollar bill relates to Daisy because on the outside its a simple sheet of paper, but underneath its worth allot of money and it draws allot of attention. Daisy is simple and sweet on the outside, but when you look closer all she wants is attention and wealth. We see this here when Daisy is showing Gatsby her daughter when it says "Daisy turned her around so that she faced Gatsby. "Do you think she's pretty?" (Fitzgerald, 117) This helps us understand that Daisy is looking for attention through her daughter. He also see her trying to get attention here when she says to Gatsby "'You know I love you,' she murmured." (Fitzgerald, 116) She is trying to create drama and get attention. We see Daisy's need for popularity again when we read "Daisy was popular in Chicago, as you know." (Fitzgerald, 77) This just goes on to prove Daisy's need for wealth and popularity.
Daisy's character traits:
Two of Daisy's character traits are her voice and her need for wealth. We see the impact of her voice here when we read "Daisy's murmur was only to make people lean toward her; an irrelevant criticism that made it no less charming." (Fitzgerald, 9) We again see her lovely voice her when we read "She laughed, an absurd, charming little laugh, and I laughed too and came forward into the room." (Fitzgerald, 8) According to both of these quotes Daisy's voice is a big part of her Identity and one of her biggest traits. We also see Daisy's need for wealth here when we read "Daisy's voice was full of money." (Fitzgerald, 97) This quote helps us connect her voice and her need to be rich and have lots of money.
Daisy represents the color white/cream. White is simple and elegant. We see the color white here when we read "While we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher shirts with stripes, and dots, white and cream." (Fitzgerald, 92) By reading this we see how Daisy loves the color white because she keeps wanting to see all the lovely shirts. We also see how white represents her when we read "Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans." (Fitzgerald, 115) We also see this when we read "She changed her attire, now in an elaborate afternoon dress of cream-colored chiffon." (Fitzgerald, 30) This just helps us further prove that Daisy is like the color white/cream because its simple on the outside but underneath its a very attention-grabbing color.
Daisy's dream is to be loved and be rich. Daisy likes being the center of attention. We see this here when we read "Daisy's face, tipped sideways beneath a three-cornered lavender hat, looked out at me with a bright smile."(Fitzgerald, 85) By reading this we can tell she likes to make big entrances, further more leading us to believe she wants to be the center of attention. We also see Daisy's need for wealth when it says "Her husband, among various physical accomplishments, had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at new haven...His family were enormously wealth." (Fitzgerald, 6) By reading this we understand that Daisy married a very wealthy man, who is extremely famous. We understand that by marrying Tom, she in turn will be rich too. We also see Daisy's need for attention when we read "'Do they miss me?' She cried ecstatically." (Fitzgerald, 9) By reading this we see Daisy, practically begging for attention. This just helps further prove her need for attention and wealth.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York Times, NY; Scribner, 1996. Print.
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