Daisy Buchanan: Noble or Hardly Honorable at All?
Daisy is one of the most central characters in the novel, The Great Gatsby. She is often seen as an innocent southern belle, just a beautiful fool. However, many readers view her in a completely opposite way. She has been noted as quite a dishonorable character, almost more of a villain, in the harshest of descriptions. She is motivated purely by her own comfort and security, which come in the way of money and material items. This sense of monetary motivation seems to affect her in such a way that makes her almost superior to the common working person. Daisy Buchanan can hardly be seen as honorable at all. There are many points throughout the story where her actions are far
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Sophisticated—God I’m sophisticated!” (22), it is evident that she is highly influenced by materialistic possessions and events. One can see, through both her words and actions, that she is responsible for the way people treat her. She has a talent of manipulating people into doing and giving her what she wants. Daisy definitely has power over the actions of others. Such a materialistic attitude towards life has made Daisy into the person we see in the novel. She is manipulative, good at getting what she wants by pretending to be the innocent one. Even Gatsby, a wealthy man himself, can see this when he points out, “Her voice is full of money.” (120) Daisy is so used to a lifestyle of getting whatever she wants, that she has become quite comfortable with it. Gatsby and Nick, on the other hand, have had to work their ways up to where they are. They have to watch what they say around others, because they cannot afford to be as carefree as Daisy. She is quite self-centered. We see through her clothing choices and her desire to go into town just to rent a room in an expensive hotel, that she can and will throw her money around to get her way. In her first conversation with Nick, in the beginning of the novel, she asks, “So how are things in Chicago? Do they miss me?” (5) It is almost as though she expects people to miss her, not because of her personality, but because of her wealth and position in the city. She knows that she is superior to