Daisy As A Victim In The Great Gatsby

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Is Daisy Buchanan a victim or victimizer? Jay Gatsby is trying to repeat the past with
Daisy Buchanan by rekindling the love they once had and limiting her to her past self. The background of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald takes place after the Women Rights
Movement as the Lost Generation. Jay Gatsby is the "American Dream" of the Lost Generation and tries to become worthy of Daisy. He puts her on a pedestal which will end up with him disappointing of her because of his unrealistic expectations. No matter how well their love was in the past, Daisy will stay with Tom and never be with Gatsby because of their social and money status. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Daisy as a way to show how women are victims of society.
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She has built herself up into someone different without Gatsby but he doesn 't realize that until her daughter is right in front of him and she admits she once loved Tom. Fitzgerald uses this as a way to display how women are victims of the images men project on them from their desires. Another way Fitzgerald shows Daisy is a victim in The Great Gatsby is by Jay Gatsby desire or roles he perceives her as. Daisy is seen as an object of Gatsby 's desires that she 'll never be able to up to accomplish his image of her. Nick Carraway sees it himself, "...Daisy tumbled short of his dreams -not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion"(Fitzgerald 76). The image that Gatsby has of Daisy in his head will never be how Daisy is in reality and it 's not her fault that Gatsby holds her upon a pedestal. Daisy has a husband that rids any thoughts of her being pure in Gatsby 's mind because he believes she was going to wait until he got back from the war. Even if he gets rid of Tom, she will always have a child who is
Tom 's child and she has once loved Tom which takes away some of their love and the past of
Daisy from Gatsby 's mind. Daisy could also be a symbolic role as a maternal role to Gatsby
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Gatsby 's mother is never really spoken of in The Great Gatsby, so her absent and some of the maternal language can cause Daisy to be a maternal figure to Gatsby.
The green light helps associate Daisy to Gatsby because Gatsby feels closer to Daisy when he stares at it, but will never be able to reach her such as she 'll never be able to reach the vision he has of her. Fitzgerald uses Gatsby 's desire of Daisy to show she 's a victim of high expectations she 'll never reach and symbolic roles.
The last way Fitzgerald shows Daisy is a victim is by the way "old money" shapes her life. She is a representation of corruption of innocence by money because she was born into it and taught that way from the beginning. According to Michael Witkoski, "She understands money and what it means in American society, because it 's her nature; she was born into it"(Witkoski). Daisy is a realistic, hard-headed woman who understands money and what it means in society. She knows how money works in society which helps her choose who to pick between Gatsby and Tom. No matter how hard Gatsby tries to act as "old money" he 'll never be able to reach the social status Daisy is in just as he 'll never achieve reaching the green light

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