as wrong man, she’s not sad because she has

as lived a life of luxury and ease. And she wants nothing more than to keep it that way. This is what drives her, not love. This materialistic viewpoint can be further demonstrated through her relationship with Gatsby. It seems that Daisy loves Gatsby on the surface. She calls off the wedding “Tell ’em all Daisy’s change’ her mine” (76), but she is very quickly talked out of this, so it’s unclear how deep her feelings for Gatsby really are. But everything shifts into focus–the reader discovers what drives Daisy–when she makes this statement meeting Gatsby in his mansion while crying: “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such–such beautiful shirts before,” she is not sad because she married the wrong man, she’s not sad because she has not seen Gatsby in years, Daisy is sad because she realizes that she married Tom for his money,–allowing herself to be bought by Tom as a trophy–only for Gatsby to end up richer than Tom in the end. But she knows what Gatsby wants most of all is entrance into the high class, and she is the key to that splendor. When Gatsby first meets Daisy, it is difficult to tell if she is falling in love with her, or her mansion.He had intended, probably, to take what he could and go–but now he found that he had committed himself to the following of a grail. He knew that Daisy was extraordinary, but he didn’t realize  just how extraordinary a “nice” girl could be. She vanished into her rich house, into her rich, full life, leaving Gatsby–nothing. He felt married to her, that was all.She uses this to manipulate and beguile Gatsby. Daisy tells Gatsby when they’re alone that “I never loved him” (132), manipulating Gatsby’s emotions. But she later refutes this statement, “‘Even alone I can’t say I never loved Tom,’ she admitted in a pitiful voice. ‘It wouldn’t be true'” (133). After Gatsby dies, Daisy does not attend his funeral, write a message, or send flowers. It seems she has already moved on, if she really loved Gatsby as much as she claims, shouldn’t she at least show him respect after his death? Isn’t she just like that same young woman 5 years before, couldn’t have waited just a little longer? The reader finally discovers the real feelings of Daisy and what Gatsby means to her. Does she love Gatsby? It might seem so, but it becomes apparent by this point in the novel that she certainly loves money more. Daisy comes off as contemptuous and ditzy towards the beginning of the novel, “her eyes flashed around her in a defiant way, rather like Tom’s and she laughed with thrilling scorn ‘Sophisticated–God, I’m sophisticated'”(17). She equates being ‘sophisticated’ as the ability to do what she wants, and because she is married to Tom, she is. Daisy’s high status and wealth, she is living the best live available to women at this time, made possible by her beauty and grace, but her intelligence makes her see the two greatest downsides of living the life she does: Tom’s infidelity, and unceasing boredom,”What’ll we plan?’ She turned to me helplessly. ‘What do people plan?'”(11). This is why Daisy wishes her daughter will be a ‘beautiful fool,’ she considers the perfect life to be one where you have everything, but are too foolish to realize how empty it all is, and get bored with everything. “‘What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon?’ cried Daisy, ‘and the day after that, and the next thirty years?’ ‘Don’t be morbid,’ Jordan said. ‘Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.'” Daisy seems to see life as boredom that eventually ends in death, whereas Jordan thinks that after something dies in the fall it’ll be replaced with life; that something new that will replace the old and sate their boredom. Resurrection and renewal of life is the opposite of what actually happens. Starting the moment Daisy sees Gatsby again, Daisy’s facade becomes exposed and starts to decay (like flowers in fall) until just after Gatsby’s funeral, when West Egg becomes barren and cold. During this period, Daisy starts to reveal more and more of her true self, Gatsby dies, Tom runs away from the problems he’s caused and Nick is so disgusted with it all that he returns home. All that’s left is money, memories and one unfulfilled American dream; only winter. Daisy is a catalyst. Almost everything that happens, she is the cause of, whether she’s directly responsible or if someone else does it because of her, but there is no true malice in her intent. Most readers assume that Daisy would have been at least slightly better off with Gatsby, but Daisy actually has more in common with Tom. Daisy and Tom have both have their crushing carelessness, greed, and tendency to destroy the people around them. But neither are cruel nor malicious, just careless. Daisy Buchanan is not a person unworthy of our sympathy. She is the unfortunately common product of an unjust aristocracy, limited opportunity, and a twisted American dream. The things that make Daisy unlikable–her sense of entitlement, limited empathy, and inability to make difficult choices–are frustrating but common in humans, especially in a person of her upbringing and stature, if not expected. Ironically, unfortunately, her tendency to act without empathy demonstrates her humanity, her vulnerability and failings serve as proof of the fragility typical of people. I pledge my honor I have neither given nor received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment.  Merrick HolmesPeer editors: William Belcher, Jeremy Loeuy