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How Does Daisy Feel About Gatsby's Death?
Transcript of How Does Daisy Feel About Gatsby's Death?
11 Honors English
The Great Gatsby Inquiry
" 'Gatsby?' demanded Daisy. 'What Gatsby?' " (11).
" 'Hello, Wilson, old man,' said Tom, slapping him jovially on the shoulder. 'how's business?' " (25).
"He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of external reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life." (48).
"They were sitting at either end of the coach ,looking at each other as if some question had been asked, or was in the air, and every vestige of embarrassment was gone. Daisy's face was smeared with tears..." (89).
"Tom was evidently perturbed at Daisy's running around alone, for on the following Saturday night, he came with her to Gatsby's party. Perhaps his presence gave the evening its peculiar quality of oppressiveness..."(103-104).
"Before I could reply that he was my neighbor dinner was announced; wedging his arm imperatively under mine, Tom Buchanan compelled me from the room...." (11).
" 'And if you feel that way about it maybe I'd better sell it somewhere else after all."
Daisy's attention is caught at the mention of Gatsby's name. Tom aggressively pulls the attention away from the topic, demonstrating his power over Daisy.
Tom looses his cool appearance when he feels like he is loosing control of a situation.
" 'Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!' shouted Mrs. Wilson." (37).
"Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand." (37).
The Answer to this question can be found by looking at and analyzing Daisy's actions and Tom's attitude towards Daisy, throughout the book.
" 'I'm glad Jay' Her throat full of aching, grieving beauty, told only of her unexpected joy." (89).
"Suddenly with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily." (92).
"As I watched him, he adjusted himself a little, visibly. His hand took hold of hers, and as she said something low in his ear, he turned toward her with a rush of emotion." (96).
Daisy shows strong emotions towards Gatsby, prominently through chapter five.
The key word is oppressiveness. Tom holds this feeling of oppression over Daisy. He keeps a strong hold on her.
"...she got up and went over to Gatsby and pulled his face down, kissing him on the mouth. 'You know I love you' "(116).
" 'Then you won't seem so stupid to yourself....' " (129)
" 'I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr.Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife.' " (130).
Gatsby leaves everlasting impressions on people he meets, thus making it hard to not have emotion over his death.
"...found her lying on her bed as lovely as the June night in her flowered dress- and as drunk as a monkey. She had a bottle of sauterine in one hand a letter in the other." (76).
Daisy does not drink. It is implied by Fitzgerald that the letter is from Gatsby and this is how Daisy handles her emotions.
"pulled out the string of pearls. 'Take 'em down stairs and give' em back to whoever they belong to. Tell' em Daisy's change' her mine.' " (76).
"I rushed out and found her mother's maid, and we locked the door and got her in a cold bath." (76).
Daisy has no say in what she wants for herself.
Daisy finally has the courage to stand up to Tom. Thanks to Gatsby
As fast as Daisy stands up, Tom pushed her back down.
"She was feeling the pressures form the world outside, and she wanted to see him and feel his presence and be reassured that she was doing the right thing after all." (151).
Daisy's whole life has been constructed by what others wanted.
" 'But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them.' " (164).
".. i could only remember with out resentment, that Daisy hadn't sent a message or a flower." (174).
Tom had "happened" to take daisy away when Gatsby died.
Daisy is never able to show her true emotions over Gatsby's death, because of Tom's constant actions of oppression over Daisy. All of Daisy's life, she has lived it by the way that people expected her to. Daisy shows a certain amount of affection for Gatsby throughout the book, proving that she had to have felt certain amount of agony over his death. Although Fitzgerald does not place Daisy there at the funeral, there is a lot of evidence that shows she might have wished to be there, and that she felt sorry about Gatsby's death.