Daisy Buchanan’s Character and the American Dream


Daisy Buchan in The Great Gatsby is a character full of contradictions. She is pure to Gatsby, but her behavior and personality show that she is cold and manipulative with little care about anybody else. Her life revolves around money and power, and she is only drawn to Gatsby because of his newly found wealth. However, she is still biased against him because he is the representative of “new money” (Fitzgerald 21). Through her, we see how corrupt the American dream is as she does not appreciate those who work hard for what they have. Daisy is more drawn to those who have money tied back to past wealth. Daisy does not care about family or love; she cares only about being comfortably married. To show how fierce she is in her selfishness, she murders her husband’s mistress. The American dream is about making it in life and living in comfort, but Daisy shows the darker side of this dream where some people do nothing for themselves because they live as parasites on those that have gone on to build their wealth

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Topic Sentences

  1. Daisy is represented by the white color because of the purity that Gatsby associates her with.
  2. Daisy knows of her husband’s infidelities, but she cares more about his “old money” as she despises the “new money” idea.
  3. Instead raising her daughter bright and independent, Daisy wants her to live her life like she lives hers. She intends to corrupt her instead of empowering her.
  4. The love for Daisy has blinded Gatsby that he does not realize her evil character. She is not relieved to have him back. She is more relieved that he now has substantial material possession. She also commits a murder and does not feel any guilt for doing it; yet, Gatsby is still blinded by the white purity he believes she represents.


Work Cited

Fitzgerald, Francis Scott. The Great Gatsby. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1986.