Daisy Buchanan Character Analysis

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Throughout the world carless action destroys many things. Things like children can be so easily destroyed for example if the person who is responsible for them doesn’t care enough to remember that they have to feed them. Themes like this can be seen the story The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald with the characters Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. Daisy is an egotistical girl who got herself entangled in an affair with Jay Gatsby while her husband was cheating on her with a woman named Myrtle Wilson. The mess of the affairs along with many other factors caused the young woman to make a series of bad decisions that ultimately lead Myrtle and Jay to their graves. Daisy Buchanan is a self-absorbed, vacuous socialite …show more content…
Throughout the novel, a large issue within her personality was presented through her rapidly changing moods. In almost every interaction Daisy shifted from being in a fit of laughter to being stuck in a pool of her own tears. As Katie Baker describes it, “Her moods are labile, fleeting, and effervescent as a champagne bubble” (Baker). These issues could possibly be explained by something called histrionic personality disorder. This disorder resembles Daisy’s personality problems greatly because according to the DSM-IV, “Diagnostic criteria include: displays of rapidly shifting and shallow emotion” (Baker). Having histrionic personality disorder would be a controlling factor in Daisy’s personality because it effects the way the person thinks and behaves. Promiscuity is an example of a symptom that is manifested in someone with histrionic personality disorder. Daisy used her promiscuity to gain control over situations because she had an innate tendency to be in control and in the center of attention during any given situation. For instance, when Nick was talking to Daisy about her daughter she changed the subject and began going on about herself saying, “I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything” (Fitzgerald, 17). These personality flaws would have caused her to bring Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson to their deaths because they show how she was only concerned about herself and …show more content…
Her inability to show proper emotion, mixed with her self-absorbed nature, made each romantic encounter she had toxic. A main characteristic she possessed was her provocative nature. This in turn meant that she constantly was attractive to men. A prize almost. The amount of desire she held for men came partially because, “Daisy’s affections cannot be relied upon. Indeed, this is precisely what makes her so desirable and frustrating to the boys” (Baker). Between the amounts of desire she brought in for herself and the provocative nature she presented with it was no surprise that she quickly became entangled into hollow relationships. In the novel Fitzgerald has Nick describe her actions by saying, “Perhaps Daisy never went in for amour at all---and yet there is something in that voice of hers” (Fitzgerald, 77). These types of actions also tie in with her constant need to be in control. A man names Louis Auchinclos pointed that when it came to relationships, “She [Daisy] is still able to dispel a charm the effect t of which Gatsby is simple to transform him” (Auchinclos). The charm he talks about is the manipulative one that Daisy uses to regain control of situations. Her relationships are toxic because of her character flaws but also because of the amount of affairs that occurred between four people. Jay Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson, Tom

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