Daisy Buchanan

The Great Gatsby

Character Traits

In the beginning of story Daisy’s character is looked at as an innocent, pure, and charming young woman.

“It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such — such beautiful shirts before.” (Daisy, p. 92).

Daisy is often described in a light color such as white. "High in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl" (Daisy, p. 115).

In Gatsby’s eyes she is seen as divine. As things become much clearer about the history and future of her and Gatsby’s relationship, things about her character become a lot less pure.

Daisy is not perfect. In general she is weak. She in fact cannot stand up for herself. She doesn’t care if other people chose her life’s path because that’s pretty much what she wants. All she really cares about is being beautiful and wealthy. That’s how she believes she should be, even wishing for her daughter to be the same way, "I'm glad it's a girl and I hope she'll be a fool.
That's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful fool." (Daisy, p. 24)

Her Dream

Daisy Buchanan has an ideal American dream. She wants attention especially when it comes down to love. It’s to the point where she couldn’t wait for Gatsby to return from war.

This also dealt with wealth. Another one of her dreams is to be wealthy. When Gatsby went off to war Tom came into the picture. He was rich, her parents approved, and Tom had a high social status which was a good look for her. She seems to have some feelings for Gatsby. When his name is mentioned by nick she seems to know of some Gatsby. "Gatsby?’ demanded Daisy ‘What Gatsby?" (Daisy, p. 15) Shes reached her dream pretty much and shes not shy about letting people know. "I’ve been everywhere and done everything." (Daisy, p. 13)

Cost Of Her Dream

Daisy's dream was reasonable. It was just the fact that she was impatient and took a first come first serve choice. It cost her the relationship with Gatsby.
-The Affair
-Gatsby's Death
-Myrtles Death
Where all part of the results of her being too impatient and not waiting.


The color white was usually used for Daisy. She was looked at as a pure innocent beauty, even wearing white at times such as times when her and nick had their first introduction in the story. "...two young women buoyed us as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white and their dresses were rippling and fluttering..." (nick, p.12) Even Daisy spoke of herself with the color white. At one point she believes she was pure, possibly not thinking it now like Gatsby believes she still is. "Our white girlhood was passed together there. Our beautiful white." (Daisy p. 23) As said before Gatsby sees Daisy as this pure divine woman. When he sees her, he sees "white". "His heart beat faster as Daisy's white face came up to his own" (p. 107). He is blinded by the white so he sees no flaws.


A symbol that constantly shows up in the novel that represents Daisy is the great light across the water. The green light is on Daisy's house, which Jay Gatsby constantly looks at from his own house. "If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay... You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock." (Gatsby, P. 94) In some ways it is an example of their relationship. They are separated by the water but the green light is kind of a reminder that she is there. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . " (p. 189)

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Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.

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