The Great Gatsby

Daisy Buchanan

Daisy's Dream

In The Great Gatsby, I believe that Daisy's American Dream was to have the attention of many men which made her feel satisfied and complete. Also, she wanted to achieve a good status so everyone knew who she was. She goes back and fourth between Tom and Gatsby for their money.

  • " Daisy's murmur was only to make people lean toward her; an irrelevant criticism that made it no less charming." ( Fitzgerald,9) I believe this true because , Daisy thinks she can get people to fall for her and get whatever she wants.
  • " Daisy was popular in Chicago, as you know." ( Fitzgerald,77) Daisy was only popular in Chicago because she married Tom, a man with a bunch of money.
  • " I certainly am awfully glad to see you again." ( Fitzgerald,87) Daisy says this when she meets up with Gatsby for tea, while she is still married to Tom. Also, she appears to be trying to rail him into her games.

Character Traits

Daisy is very spoiled and does anything to get what she wants.
Also, she is a strong woman who looked very innocent and her looks fooled people.

  • " She was a slender, small-breasted girl, with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet." (Fitzgerald,11) Daisy is a very petite girl.
  • "Her gray sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite reciprocal curiosity..." (Fitzgerald,11) I Believe daisy's looks are very deceiving and can fool just about anyone if they fall into her trap of having people lean toward her.
  • " Tom's got some woman in New York." (Fitzgerald,15) Daisy is believed to be a strong woman who knows what she is doing.



I chose the color yellow because, yellow symbolizes dishonesty and to me Daisy is very dishonest.

  • "It's really his wife that's keeping them apart. She's a Catholic, and they don't believe in divorce." " Daisy was not a Catholic, and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie." (Fitzgerald,33)
  • " She was incurably dishonest..." ( Fitzgerald,58)
  • " Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply." ( Fitzgerald,58) I think Daisy said this to make herself look better and not so much as a complete liar.

Price Paid

The price Daisy paid to achieve her goal was Gatsby dying and she was married to an aggressive and controlling man. She was not able to live the life she really wanted. Because, in all reality Gatsby was truly the one for her. He gave her everything she could possibly ask for and now she is stuck with Tom.

  • "Daisy hadn't sent a message or a flower." (Fitzgerald,174) I don't think Daisy has sent anything for Gatsby because she feels bad for lying to him about her love for him, when all he truly did was love her and care for her.
  • " After Gatsby's death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes' power of correction." ( Fitzgerald,176) The East Egg appeared to be haunted because Gatsby was believe to be there with Daisy.
  • "I called up Daisy half an hour after we found him, called her instinctively and without hesitation. But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them." (Fitzgerald,164) Daisy ran away with Tom to get away from all the trouble she caused in the affair with Gatsby.


I believe that a money symbol represents Daisy because she loves money and that is what she is seeking somebody to love her but that also has money.

  • " He gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars." (Fitzgerald,76) After Tom gave gave her a valuable piece of jewelry she wanted to marry him. This leads me to believe she wants to be with him for his money.
  • " I'm p-paralyzed with happiness." ( Fitzgerald,8) She is so happy she has money and talks to people who will do just about anything for her because they love her, so she gets her whole life just handed to her.
  • " Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast of carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made ... " ( Fitzgerald,179) Tom and Daisy were believe to have no care in the world about what happened to Gatsby. Which is sad because Gatsby only done what he could to be with Daisy and have her love.

Works Cited

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1925. Print.