Describe three key characters and explain how they change throughout the novel.
Daisy Buchanan is a beautiful young woman originally from Kentucky. She is cousins with Nick Carraway and Married to a Polo Player Tom Buchanan. The two of them came from extremely wealthy families. Daisy has an aura of charm, wealth, sophistication, grace, and aristocracy. Although she hopes this is the only impressions she gives her true persona is fickle, shallow, bored, sardonic and definitely manipulative. Daisy is the definitions of the American dream… She presents to be someone who has the life of our dreams but in real life its is more corrupt than you could imagine.
We first meet Daisy in Chapter 1 when she invites Nick over to her East Egg mansion for dinner. First impressions of Daisy is that she is the victim of her husband, sweet and ‘innocent’. She plays the victim card as her husband is not so secretly have a affair with a mistress called Myrtle Wilson. “Well, I’ve had a very bad time, Nick, and I’m pretty cynical about everything.” – Daisy. We also notice that Daisy is very self centered and see herself as flawless. Daisy is aware of her position in society and loves it, she love the sophistication and superiority that comes with it. “Everybody thinks so… the most advanced people. And I know. I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything.” Her eyes flashed around her in a defiant way, and she laughed with thrilling scorn. “Sophisticated — God, I’m sophisticated!”- Daisy.
In the middle of the book Daisy leads us to believe that she has found happiness in her life and has turned a corner and isn’t so hung up about social status and more about those around her and is more invested in life rather than materialistic things. “I’m glad, Jay.” Her throat, full of aching, grieving beauty, told only of her unexpected joy. – Daisy. This period of sincerity is only seen for a short period of time before Daisy’s act is no longer believed.
At the end of the book, Daisy is forced to choose between Gatsby and Tom, She reveals her true self and runs back into her money and to Tom, leaving Gatsby and all the false hope behind. The plan was for Daisy to leave Tom and lead a new life with Gatsby but Tom had something Gatsby didn’t. Tom had money, status and their 5 years of marriage, Gatsby was no comparison for this. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy… they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made . . .” Everything Daisy does is a performance. She portrays herself in different ways to different people to manipulate them into accommodating her needs and desires. “Her eyes fell on Jordan and me with a sort of appeal,” Nick says of the moment Daisy is cornered by Gatsby’s insistence that she tell Tom she never loved him, “as though she realized at last what she was doing—and as though she had never, all along, intended doing anything at all.”