Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby

The setting of this novel is in the East Egg district of Long Island in New York. The newly rich people who have not established social contacts yet inhabit this area. The story in this novel revolves around two main characters, Daisy and Gatsby. Fitzgerald has very beautifully portrayed these two characters. Nick being a cousin of Daisy knows her very well. She is a woman who lacks maturity and is very vulnerable. Daisy represents the typical aristocratic American society. She possesses all the qualities, which are expected of a high-class socialite. She is popular among the military officers as a beautiful charming lady. She always craves for love and attention. Being from a wealthy aristocratic family she is attracted towards rich people. Knowing her interests, Gatsby lies to her about his wealth. She falls in love with him. They also make love before his departure to fight in the First World War. She promises to wait until he comes. But the moment she is proposed for marriage by Tom Buchanan, a wealthy person from strong aristocratic family, she agrees to marry him and conveniently forgets her commitment to Gatsby. In the first chapter, from Daisy’s statement one can guess what the value of a woman was at that time in the American Society. She was treated as a mere showpiece and was meant to satisfy men’s desires. She was not expected to be intelligent at all. And this is quite evident from her statement, which she makes about her infant daughter. She says, "I hope she’ll be a fool-that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." She means that if a girl is beautiful and simple she can enjoy her life to the fullest, the same way as she is living. Although she is unhappy in her heart about the way her life is going, she does not rebel against the cynical views of people or the unethical norms of the society. On the contrary she opts to be a part of that stream and tries to find happiness in the world of uncertainties. Although she is very well aware of her husband’s infidelity, she does not object his behavior. When Tom receives a call from his love, Myrtle Wilson, Daisy hurriedly follows him, but she is helpless and can do nothing to stop him. Her outward charm and beauty are deceptive. Her behavior is unpredictable. She has always deceived Gatsby. When she kills Myrtle Wilson, she shows no remorse. When Gatsby shows the readiness of taking the blame on himself, she does not stop him from taking the blame. This shows her careless attitude and fickle mindedness. She is least bothered about him and goes to the extent of not attending the funeral of Gatsby and quietly leaves West Egg along with her husband. This shows she had no affection for Gatsby. Thus the character of Daisy has multiple shades. Although she possesses beauty, grace and charm that are synonymous with a beautiful woman and a high-class socialite, she also has gray shades. She is not a perfect woman at all, because she is neither a faithful lover nor a faithful wife. She is also not a loving mother to her infant daughter. She has no firm values and has mercurial nature. Her ultimate passion is wealth and she chooses wealth over her love. She also cannot be a called a responsible citizen or socialite as she takes the abuses of her husband without complaining. She is more interested in her financial security for lifelong rather than being involved in a relationship, which would ultimately give pain.
Contrary to Daisy and other characters in this

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