The Immorality in The Great Gatsby
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Good morning/afternoon Ms fellow classmates, Today I will analysis F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great American Novel, The Great Gatsby which has recently been adapted into a movie from Baz Lurrhman and I will discuss the immorality in the character Daisy Buchanan when she hit Myrtle Wilson her husbands mistress with Jay Gatsby’s car kill her instantly and knowingly drove off without stopping. Then allowing Gatsby to take the blame for it and the subsequently an unexpected punishment.
The character Daisy is loosely based of Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda Fitzgerald. Daisy is beautiful and young woman born into upper classed Louisville Kentucky in what was known as ‘old money’ meaning that she had been born into wealth unlike the ‘new money’ type like Gatsby who was a bootlegger during the prohibition era.
Daisy is described to be innocent and child like. Her innocence is portrayed in the book as always being dressed in white, which symbolises purity. ”She dressed in white, and had a little white roadster”. – Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby. She gives off a child like image when she meets Gatsby,
“I’d like to put you in one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push you around” – Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby. The way she portrays herself her is not very lustful even if she is in love with the person the image she gives off is very naïve.
But she has a side to her which is gradually is shown more and more through each encountering that is not so innocent and charming as she also very manipulative. “Daisy’s murmur was only to make people lean towards her, an irrelevant criticism that made it no less charming”. – The Great Gatsby She likes to use her charm and her voice which is describe to be ‘full of money’ to affect and make people come to her. She also tells Gatsby that she never loved Tom which was exactly what Gatsby wanted to hear which we find later false because even though sheloved Gatsby she will never leave Tom because its not the smart or socially right thing to do.
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Daisy’s true colours are shown more though each of Nicks encountering but her last and final actions shows what she is truly made off. When Daisy hits Myrtle Wilson with Jay Gatsby’scar and then knowingly drives off. All the white dresses, cars and flowers that she surrounds herself in may not just be to symbolise purity but also to mask her lack of intellectualism and or conscience. In Daisy’s eyes Myrtle has little value she isn’t of social elite. So what difference would her death make? But little does Daisy know that ironically she has just killed her husbands’ mistress.
When Daisy arrives home she quickly assures Tom that she loves him and he reassures her that everything is going to be ok and go back to the way it was. Which is exactly what Daisy want to happen because she has never taken responsibility for her action or suffered the consequences, she likes to let other people fix the situation for her and let other people suffer from her careless actions. Gatsby also quickly decides to take the blame for daisy, which is also what she wants so now she has Gatsby taking the blame for the car crash and Tom is going to make it go back the way it was before.
Myrtles husband is in the mists of grieving for his wife when he slowly puts the clues together an expensive dog collar and a bruise on her face, which were both from Tom. Mr Wilson comes to the conclusion that who ever was driving the car must have been the same person who had the affair with Myrtle. He set out on a vicious revenge mission to find out who owns the yellow car. He arrives at the Buchanan estate where he demands to know if Tom owns the yellow car. Tom informs Mr Wilson that the yellow car belongs to Jay Gatsby and Daisy knowing that she was behind the wheel agrees. This shows that Daisy is weak and selfish can’t take responsibility for her own actions.
George Wilson sets out to Jay’s colossal castle of a house where he shoots Gatsby in an act of revenge and then commits suicide.
Daisy didn’t attend the funeral even though it was her fault that he had died. She didn’t send flowers or a message of sympathy even though she could have done something. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Daisy and Tom moved away and started over as if nothing had ever happened while Gatsby was blamed for Daisy’s mistakes.
This goes to show how corrupt the ‘American Dream’ was and how decadent, shallow and weak “The King’s Daughter, the golden girl’ Daisy Fay Buchanan really was. She couldn’t take responsibility or her wrongdoing and wanted other people to fix her problems for her or let others suffer from her actions. She manipulated and played on Jay Gatsby’s heartstrings and when her husband stepped in she immediately denied it. She never grew up she was still living in her’ white girl-hood’. This is why I believe Daisy Buchanan shows she has no morals. She’s the internal daughter.See More on movie