Daisy Buchanan

Daisy Buchanan

    The Great Gatsby
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… too quickly. Living in the Jazz Age, Daisy is beautiful and rich, and seems to have it all. But beneath the glitter and the glam, things are more complicated for her.

Living… in New York City, in the neighborhood of West Egg. Daisy lives with her husband, Tom, in a lovely mansion by the water. They have a daughter together.  

Profession… debutante. Daisy doesn’t like to take things too seriously, so she circulates from party to party, laughing and smiling and concealing her real feelings.

Relationship Status… married to Tom, but not really in love with him. Once upon a time, she and Gatsby were in love, but he was too poor for her to consider. Now he’s back, with a mysterious fortune, and he hasn’t forgotten his love for her.

Challenge… choosing between Tom and Gatsby. Gatsby promises her a beautiful dream, the true-love fairytale any girl would dream of. Tom promises her stability and safety. Daisy knows where her heart's pulling her, but as she tells Gatsby, things are more complex than that: "I love you now – isn't that enough? I can't help what's past. I did love him once – but I loved you too."

Personality… carefree and light-hearted – on the outside. In reality, Daisy is a deeply disillusioned woman, whose faith in the world and in humanity has been completely shattered. Even when sure happiness comes knocking at her door, Daisy may be too jaded to embrace it.


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