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Daisy

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Transcript of Daisy

Daisy Buchanan
Daisy
Concept of Self
Inner views:
"And I hope she'll be a fool — that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool" (pg. 17)
"Well, I've had a very bad time, Nick, and I'm pretty cynical about everything" (pg. 17)
"You see I think everything's terrible anyhow...Sophisticated - God, I'm sophisticated!" (pg. 18)
White:
A cover for corruption; makes her seem pure
White is normally associated with purity and innocence
Daisy is first introduced in a completely white room (pg. 8)
The mansion she lives in is white (pg. 5)
Daisy is portrayed as a perfectly happy and very innocent girl; puts on a fake smile even though she is sad; "unthoughtful sadness" (Fitzgerald, pg. 13)
Later we find out that she has relationship issues that she tries to cover up (pg. 14-15)
Color Associated with Daisy
Yellow:
Daisy's name associates her with the flower, where they are both white on the outside and yellow on the inside
Yellow is used as a substitute for Gold
It represents her superficial personality
Her eyes are set for material goods
She uses the purity of white (her mask) to cover up her yellow superficiality
Gatsby's yellow cocktail music (pg40) and yellow dresses (pg42)
Myrtle's yellow windows (pg35)
Color Associated with Daisy
Initial Observations
Internal conflict
: Daisy's husband, Tom Buchanan, is having an affair with Myrtle, a girl from New York; Daisy struggles with the question: Should I stay with Tom or leave him?
Interaction with Environment
"[Daisy's] husband, among other physical accomplishments, had been one of the most powerful ends ...his family were enormously wealthy...It was hard to realize that a man in my own generation was [that] wealthy...Tom would drift on forever" (pg. 6)
Her voice was "the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down...her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it." (pg. 9)
-Daisy stays with Tom because of his money
-She wants to keep her social status and material possessions (gold digger, anyone?)
Values/Motivations
: She cares about money, material possessions, and social status; she will do whatever it takes to keep or acquire money, material possessions, and social status
Desires
: Although she wants to be loved and wishes for her husband to refrain from having an affair, her ultimate desire is wealth and social status (she also desires social mobilityl)
Relation with others
External dialogue
: Tom constantly interrupts Daisy during the dinner (pg. 10) Tom is extremely controlling of Daisy
"'Gatsby?' demanded Daisy. 'What Gatsby?'" (pg. 11)
"'I'll tell you a family secret...about the butler's nose'" (pg. 14)
Her conversations with others appear frivolous and silly, except with Nick. She trusts Nick the most and we learn more about Daisy with each encounter.
Social
: Daisy wants to appear fashionable and wealthy; associated with East Egg (aristocratic wealth, inherited social position)
Socioeconomic
: Nick does not go into detail about Daisy's background but we can infer that Daisy is not nearly as rich as Tom but she reaps the socioeconomic benefits
Physical Setting
: Daisy is loose and mobile, as opposed to Tom who is controlling and strict. She uses her house as a white mask for her inner self.
Daisy was sitting on an "enormous couch . . . buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon . . . [her dress] rippling and fluttering as if [she] had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house" (pg. 8)
"'It couldn't be helped!' cried Daisy with tense gayety." (15)
"Her voice sang: 'It's romantic, isn't it, Tom?'
'Very romantic,' he said, and then miserably to me: 'If
it's light enough after dinner, I want to take you down to the stables.'" (15)
"Sometimes she and Miss Baker talked at once, unobtrusively and with a bantering inconsequence that was never quite chatter, that was as cool as their white dresses and their impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire ... they accepted Tom and me, making only a polite pleasant effort to entertain or to be entertained." (12)
"'You see I think everything's terrible anyhow,' she went on in a convinced way . . . 'Sophisticated - God, I'm sophisticated!'
The instant her voice broke off . . . I waited, and sure enough, in a moment she looked at me with an absolute smirk on her lovely face, as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged." (17)
"' I always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it'" (pg. 12)
The other girl, Daisy, made an attempt to rise — she leaned slightly forward with a conscientious expression — then she laughed, an absurd, charming little laugh, and I laughed too and came forward into the room" (pg. 9)
Daisy is seductive and manipulative, but friendly and pleasing overall
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