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The Great Gatsby - 'Fitzgerald informs the reader too often of her charm without providing her with substance as a thinking, sentient woman. How far do you agree with this view of Daisy?'

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The Great Gatsby Coursework Assignment 2 'Fitzgerald informs the reader too often of her charm without providing her with substance as a thinking, sentient woman. How far do you agree with this view of Daisy?' In 'The Great Gatsby', Daisy is presented as quite a snobbish person. She is portrayed as the type of person who is only interested in wealth. She is judgemental and superficial to view the essence of other people, in the way that she isn't concerned with how much wealth people have, but where they acquired it from. Throughout the novel, Daisy is generally presented through other characters and so she might be portrayed in a false manner. These particular characters are Jordan baker who describes Daisy as a past character, Jay Gatsby who describes her in a probable superficial way as he is in love with Daisy but is in a dream world as he can't have her, and lastly Nick who is Daisy's second cousin, this could be the most reliable source of information about her. Gatsby presents Daisy in the most charming way. He is in love or thinks he is in love with Daisy and speaks of her in an eloquent way. ...read more.

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Chapter seven sees Gatsby so preoccupied by his love for Daisy that he calls off his parties and fires his servants to prevent gossip. He replaces them with people related to Wolfshiem. Lunch at Tom and Daisy's house shows the love, which Gatsby and Daisy feel for each other. They find it hard to hide and Daisy eventually asks Tom if he wants to go to the city. Tom becomes certain of their feelings for each other. Tom later asks Gatsby of his intentions. Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy loves him and not Tom. Tom sends Daisy back to Long Island with Gatsby to prove Gatsby can't hurt him. But they are involved in a car crash. Myrtle was fatally hit by the car Daisy and Gatsby were in. they were in Gatsby's yellow car and so is assumed that Gatsby was driving whereas it was actually Daisy. Gatsby is worried that Tom might hurt daisy and send Nick to check on her. This shows the deep love Gatsby still feels for her and the nobility that defines his character. Gatsby stands outside Tom and Daisy's house alone. Earlier in the novel he stretches his arms out towards the green light, optimistic about the future. ...read more.

Conclusion

This portrays Daisy as a woman with many sides to her character. You can easily just see one side and make a judgement too quickly. This is what Nick nearly did. Fitzgerald doesn't think of Daisy as a product from the jazz Age. This is clear as he disapproves of Daisy's actions and questions her morality. Daisy's character is partially based on Zelda Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald's wife. Like her Daisy is in love with money, ease and material luxury. She is capable of love but not of loyalty and care. She seems to be different from her own daughter in the way that she never discusses her and doesn't seem to notice when her daughter's around, when her daughter's talking to her she simply ignores her. In Fitzgerald's conception of America in the 1920s, Daisy represents immoral values of the aristocratic or the posh side of East Egg. In conclusion, I do think Daisy's charm is presented too much in the novel and we don't get to see much of an intelligent woman in the novel. She is portrayed as snobbish and only cares about wealth and status. I think this is because she is presented and portrayed through other characters, for example Gatsby and his dream portrayal of Daisy. This might not be true to her typical character. ...read more.

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