In one of the greatest works of the Twentieth Century, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are many dynamic and upright characters, which greatly add to the story’s theme. One character, Daisy Fay Buchanan, is made essential by way of her relation to the theme. With her multi-dimensional personality and relation to the conflicts, she becomes needed in order to convey the meaning. Daisy Buchanan is a round and powerful character with many different sides to her personality. Early on in the book, she is ortrayed as sweet and innocent.
Daisy appears to be sweet, innocent, and has external intelligence. While underneath her “white dress” lies a corrupted innersole. She is crude and showy, all an act to attract people to her. This theme is displayed in almost every character. Everyone appears to be someone they’re not, just as people in the society of the 1920’s. Daisy also keeps a daughter around as a show toy. Whenever company comes over, she beckons for the little girl to come and put on a little act for everyone. This signifies er life. Pammy, Daisys daughter, is kept in the closet until it’s time to show off for company.
Daisy becomes radiant and personable. When everyone has gone, Daisy becomes bored, of no importance to the world wondering aloud what she is going to do with the rest of her life. She appears to be bored yet innocent and harmless. Daisy rediscovers her love with Gatsby because of his nice shirts and large house. When Gatsby failed to contact her, she went off and married another man, without evening having heard word from Gatsby. All of these any and round characteristics add complications to the plot and dimension to the meaning she adds to the book.
Daisy was involved in the conflict between she and Tom. Tom had a mistress and Daisy was upset by it. Daisy would act like she new nothing at all and would be all sarcastic about it. She would also go and spend some time with Gatsby. Another conflict is her love affair with Gatsby. Her apparent sweetness and innocence allow Gatsby to fall in love with her. But her impatience and ignorance of true love or the meaning of truth and compassion llow her to flawlessly marry Tom, without a sober thought of Gatsby.
He falls for her, which leads up to the further conflict. The conflict is whether or not she will go back with Gatsby. Daisy was the cause for Gatsby to change his ways and by doing this it also got him killed in the end. Daisy is the central corruption of Gatsby’s dream. Daisy was the only thing, or at least he thought between him and happiness. Myrtle Wilson grew up a poor girl. She never had what Daisy had and she never will. All that she wanted was to be part of the riches.
She would do anything to fit in and to get what she wanted. So Myrtle found Tom and she was happy. She was able to experience the wealth. Tom showered her with gifts, which she loved. Tom made her feel like she was royalty or so she thought. The one thing that was missing from this all was the respect. Tom treated her so badly. He would smack her around. He treated her like a possession and nothing more. By sneaking around with Tom it shows us how Myrtle had no respect for her husband or herself. Mr. Wilson treated her like a princess.
He wasnt able to give her exactly what she wanted, but he treated her with respect. He would do anything for her. It also shows how Myrtle had no respect for herself. If she werent so insecure she wouldnt have let Tom smack her around like he did. All in all, Daisy contributes and is essential to the story through her personality, conflicts, and themes. Being a three-dimensional character, she is an excellent addition to the novel and greatly increases the meaning. Without her, the story would lack many certain elements, which are crucial to the theme.