The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, revolves around wealthy New Yorkers living in the 1920s, or the “jazz age”. Tom and Daisy Buchanan are incredibly rich from inheriting family money, unlike Jay Gatsby who worked his way, although possibly illegally, to his fame and riches. The only motive on his mind was to impress Daisy, whom he fell in love with years ago. What he fails to realize is that Daisy never wanted her husband, Tom, or her pursuer, Gatsby; she wanted whoever could meet her need for material wealth. She is very self-centered, desperate for attention, will act only for her own benefit, and can attract people easily with her charm. Nick goes as far as to tell her, “You make me feel uncivilized, Daisy,” (Fitzgerald,
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This is why she married Tom, and even loved him enough at one point to tell Gatsby “I did love him once—but I loved you too … Even alone I can’t say I never loved Tom … It wouldn’t be true,” (Fitzgerald, 132). When Daisy arrives at Nick’s for tea and a surprise reunion with Gatsby, both guests act awkwardly until Gatsby’s wealth is revealed to which Daisy responds with “‘that huge place there?’” (Fitzgerald, 90). After journeying through his house, they come to a stop with a large pile of Gatsby’s shirts of different materials and colors from all around the world. She begins to comprehend that Gatsby is much richer than she had left him to be, and “bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily … ‘It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before,’” (Fitzgerald, 92). Looking over the course of the book, it is apparent that Daisy did not love Tom enough to not have an affair with Gatsby, but she did not love Gatsby enough to remain with him until the bitter end. A life with Tom was the easiest way out of her current predicament, so she chose to move back west with him.
Daisy Buchanan is self-absorbed and fails to recognize events occurring outside her realm of reality. She enjoys the attention of others, and behaves very selfishly. When she was reunited with Nick, she immediately demanded to know if her friends and family back in