The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1027 Words 5 Pages
Although Daisy Buchanan appears to make independent decisions and have a strong presence throughout the novel, Fitzgerald uses her as a prop, objectifying her as a prize Gatsby works to obtain. An even bigger flaw from Fitzgerald, however, is that he portrays Daisy as knowing she is being objectified, and not caring enough to do anything about it in fear of losing her stability. Speaking of her child being a girl, she remarks, "I 'm glad it 's a girl. And I hope she 'll be a fool--that 's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool". In this moment, as Daisy recognizes how unfulfilling and dispassionate her marriage to Tom was, she decides that it would be best if her daughter was a fool, as then she would not be aware of the misfortunes that plague women in society. Daisy understands the subservient role women are meant to play in the society she functions in, and recognizes that her daughter will be happier if she does not. By using the word “beautiful”, she emphasizes the importance that looks has on a womans role in society, further objectifying not only women, but her own daughter. After Nick visits the Buchanan household and seeing the abuse Daisy takes at the hands of Tom, he exclaims that he “was confused and a little disgusted as [he] drove away. It seemed to [him] that the thing for Daisy to do was to rush out of the house, child in arms - but apparently there were no such intentions in her head”. Nick realizes the flaws in Daisy and Tom’s…

Related Documents