Sweet lil Daisy

By: Landon Goesling

Daisy's American Dream

Daisy's American dream was simple, yet complicated. She wanted (more) money, attention, fame and status. Daisy was very popular in Chicago, "They moved with the fast crowd, all of them young and rich and wild."(Fitzgerald 77) Daisy's dream was to be associated and run with the young, rich crowd which is exactly what she accomplished. "She wanted her life shaped now, immediately—and the decision must be made by some force —of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality—that was close at hand "(Fitzgerald 151) Daisy was relentless and restless on her pursuit of money and love. Her dream was to receive instant gratification and all the things that came along with it without having to wait a single minute. Nick describes Tom and Daisy, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (Fitzgerald 179) Daisy's ultimate dream was that she was above all things and if she were to make a mistake it was the duty of someone "under" her to clean it up.


A symbol that well represents Daisy is money. Everything about her is rich and beautiful, not only her possessions looks are rich but her love is also rich. As described by Nick, "Her voice is full of money."(Fitzgerald 120) Everything about Daisy was rich, pure and beautiful, she wanted no association with anything less than pure richness. When Gatsby and Tom get into a dispute over Daisy, Gatsby remarks, "She only married you because i was poor."(Fitzgerald 130) This shows how money eventually won Daisy over. Even though she didn't have a true love for Tom she married him because she knew riches would come along with the relationship.
When Daisy was reunited with Gatsby and he showed her all his elegant colorful shirts, she replied "They're such beautiful shirts,"(Fitzgerald 92) and she began to sob. Her tears, were that of joy. When Gatsby showed her these things, she became enticed with his wealth and began to cry happily because of his wealth, which is all she seems to care about.

Character Traits

Two character traits that well describes Daisy is beauty, and materialistic. She is a very beautiful woman which attracts those around her. "Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a passionate mouth." (Fitzgerald 9) Daisy has a cute charming face and is perceived to be a women of pure, natural beauty. A person associated with her could see her beauty just from the glow of her eyes. Daisy is also a very materialistic person. "She married Tom Buchanan without so much as a shiver."(Fitzgerald 76) Daisy was enticed by Tom's riches and agreed to marry Tom without question. She realizes that along with the marriage will come riches. In chapter 7 when Gatsby and Daisy were talking, Daisy tells Gatsby "I never loved him."(Fitzgerald 132) Daisy is confessing to never loving Tom. Daisy's agreement to marry Tom was based solely on his riches, which reveals that she was materialistic.


A color that is directly associated with Daisy is white. The color white resembles pureness and that of beauty without flaw. "They were both in white and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had been blown back in after a short flight around the house."(Fitzgerald 8) Daisy's dress being white resembles her innocence and purity. Even Daisy's windows were white, "The windows were ajar and gleaming white against the fresh grass outside."(Fitzgerald 8) The white windows represent that when people observe and come across her they see a beautiful, pure figure and nothing else, just as if they were looking through freshly painted white windows. Also, when Daisy speaks about her childhood she uses the color white, ""Our white girlhood was passed together there. Our beautiful white..." (Fitzgerald 19) Daisy refers to her early life as "white" which shows her quest of pureness at a young age. The color white resembles the wealthy class. Daisy wanted to be associated with the upper class, and nothing less that that.

The Cost of her dream

Daisy's stubbornness and relentless pursuit of money and wealth ultimately cost her happiness. Gatsby exclaimed to Tom, "Your wife doesn't love you."(Fitzgerald 130) Daisy married Tom only because of his wealth and not because of his inner being. Ultimately this fact that she never truly loved Tom will be unveiled and her unhappiness will be obvious. Daisy was at it again having several dates with several different men a day, "And all the time something within her was crying for a decision." (Fitzgerald 151) Although Daisy was going on several dates on a daily basis to try and find her true love, she still was at unease which strays her away from the happiness she so desperately seeks out. "Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life." (Fitzgerald 176) Daisy's dream was to have everything and be able to adapt and fit into whatever she was aquatinted with. She never saw things not go her way, and towards the end of the book she finds it difficult to fit in to the Eastern Life.

Works Cited

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

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