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Daisy Buchanan Character Analysis

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Transcript of Daisy Buchanan Character Analysis

The Beautiful Fool
Daisy shows, on numerous occasions that she only has one thing on her mind. Herself. She wants things her way and she wants people in her favor. She doesn't know how to get what she wants in the right way and doesn't care when she hurts people in the wrong way. Daisy only cares about Daisy and proves how manipulative, selfish, and confused she is about not only her life but the people involved in her life.
Daisy Buchanan is a manipulative, selfish, and confused woman who only cares for her own well being and how she wanted/expected her life to play out.
Daisy Buchanan is manipulative
Daisy Buchanan shows her manipulative side when she is in the same room as Tom and Gatsby and refuses to choose a side. She is aware of both of their affection towards her yet plays games by not choosing a direct side by allowing Gatsby to believe she wants to be with him but not telling Tom her feelings for Gatsby.

"She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw. He was astounded. His mouth opened a little, and he looked at Gatsby, and then back at Daisy as if he had just recognized her as someone he knew from long ago." (Fitzgerald 119)
Daisy Buchanan is selfish
Daisy is selfish because although she once had, and now has, Gatsby; she is still in love with Tom. She can't bring herself to let one or the other go. She wants everything she can get, regardless of who gets hurt.

"'Oh, you want too much!' she cried to Gatsby. 'I love you now, isn't that enough? I can't help what's past.' She began to sob helplessly. 'I did love him once – but I loved you too.'"
Daisy is confused
Daisy shows her confusion of life when she say that the best thing a woman can be is a beautiful fool because it allows them to get what they want without truly trying to see what's right in front of their eyes. Daisy set a standard for how she would live her life and followed it, although it wasn't necessarily the best decision to make.

"'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 little fool.'" (Fitzgerald,)
Daisy shows her manipulative side to Tom in this quote when Nick invites her to tea. She speaks as if she is being playful, but there is some resentment behind her tone.

"'Don’t bring Tom.’
‘Who is ‘Tom’?’ she asked innocently." (Fitzgerald 83)
Daisy is manipulative
Daisy is selfish
Daisy shows her confusion when she begins to cry while talking to Gatsby. She claims that her sadness is from her shirt but it is built up from her love for Gatsby and her realization for how her life has played out.

"'They're such beautiful shirts,' she sobbed, her voice muffled in the think folds. 'It makes me sad because I've never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.'"(Fitzgerald)
Daisy is confused
Daisy shows her very selfish side when she allows Gatsby to take the blame for running of Myrtle while she and Tom work on their relationship. Gatsby waits outside her house and waits on her phone call but it never comes.
Work Cited
Fitzgerald F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
New York.:Scribuer, 2004. Print
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