Daisy's Role In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in nineteen-twenty-five is based around the idea of the American Dream and being able to achieve life, liberty, and happiness. The characters’ in this novel are always trying to better themselves in a culture that is consistently changing. Women in this society have specific expectations of the way they should act in society and in the household. There are three prominent female characters in this book: Daisy Buchanan, who lives in the east egg with her wealthy, powerful husband Tom Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson who lives in the valley of ashes with her husband George that owns a garage, and lastly Jordan Baker who is an unmarried competitive golfer. Even though these females are alike in several ways, …show more content…
Daisy and Myrtle cheat in the same way; they both cheat on their husbands. Daisy has a relationship with Gatsby while she is still married to Tom. When they were younger Jay and Daisy were in love, when he left for the war Daisy promised to wait for him however, years passed and she married Tom. She does this to relive the love she once felt with Gatsby. Myrtle also cheats on her husband, George, to achieve a higher standard of living. She has an affair with Daisy’s husband, Tom, who is exceptionally wealthy and will buy her what she desires. Myrtle cheats to better her situation. She begs Tom to leave his wife for her, which would cause Myrtle to live Daisy’s life, her ultimate desire. This strong desire ultimately led to her death as she was literally and metaphorically chasing after Tom and was hit by his car. Lastly, Jordan cheats at golf. When she began golfing she was accused of a bad lie, which in golf terms, refers to the moving of the ball instead of hitting it where it lands. It was never told for certain if the accusations proved true however it proves the she would do anything to better her golf career and overall her inferiority to men. Similarly, all three women want the same …show more content…
Daisy achieves her wealth by marrying into it. Her desire for money caused her to not wait for her true love, Gatsby, but to marry a powerful man who would buy her what she desired. All she wants in her life is money, Jay Gatsby stated that her “voice is full of money.” Myrtle also longs for wealth and power, which is the reason why she has an affair with Tom Buchanan. She believes that if she can convince him to leave Daisy that she will inherit all of his wealth and power and overall change the situation she lives in. Lastly, Jordan uses people to achieve her goal, Nick states that she is “incurably dishonest.” She will do whatever it takes to better herself. She has no sympathy for others. She uses competitive golf as a way to achieve wealth and power. She would achieve wealth through winning tournaments and power through playing just because she is a female and defies the stereotypical role of

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