Daisy has been described as ‘selfish and shallow’. How far would you agree that this is how Fitzgerald portrays her?
Daisy Buchanan, in Fitzgerald’s 1920s American novel: ‘The Great Gatsby’, is the love of Jay Gatsby and the person he has devoted the last five years of his life to. Initially, Fitzgerald portrays her as pure, attractive and innocent, but gradually reveals her selfish and shallow personality. Ultimately, the reader feels that she is not a worthy objective of Gatsby’s dedication.
At first, Daisy is displayed as a strikingly extraordinary person, with pure morals. When Nick first meets her, he describes her voice as “an arrangement of notes that will be never played again”. Fitzgerald uses a technique called synecdoche to use her voice to represent her personality, so this shows that she is special and unique. She is also many times in the novel associated with white; she and Jordon were “both in white” when Nick meets them. White has connotations of purity and innocence, showing that Daisy appears to be on the surface, an incorruptible and perfect person. Her innocence is further emphasised with her simple, naïve questions, like “What do people plan?” and “Who is ‘Tom’?” She is also shown to be of high status when Nick describes her as “the king’s daughter, the golden girl”, displaying how she is a divine figure who needs to be chased after, as gold has connotations of richness and extreme wealth. Daisy is, at the outset, portrayed as an exceptional and charismatic person.