Literature has the power to reveal the most hidden recesses of the heart. It presents the complexity of human nature. Scott Fitzgerald’s magnificent novel “The Great Gatsby” is abundant in complex characters that cannot be defined as simply good or bad. One of the most controversial characters in the novel is Daisy. She turns out to be a selfish and deceptive person who is ready to lie but preserve her well-being and social position.
Daisy is incapable of taking care and loving sincerely.
She is a selfish woman who is too focused on her own well-being and does not pay attention to those around her and their feelings. Daisy ignores her own daughter which is the best proof for her selfish nature. “With a reluctant backward glance the well-disciplined child held to her nurse’s hand and was pulled out the door” (Fitzgerald 125). Daisy is preoccupied with her concerns and does not pay enough attention to her daughter. She behaves selfishly not only to the most precious being in a mother’s life, her child, but also to Gatsby.
She easily forgets her oaths to the young Gatsby and marries another man, Tom (Fitzgerald). This proves that she is not a trustworthy woman. She does not keep her word and is ready to sacrifice Gatsby’s happiness in order to guarantee her own prosperity and place in society. She betrays Gatsby, and although she has some remorse, this does not prevent her from getting married to Tom. Daisy does not lie deliberately.
However, she acts selfishly and is concerned with her prosperity not with Gatsby’s feelings. She indulges in the life of the rich and famous people and forgets Gatsby and the purity of their relationship.
As a settled woman, Daisy turns out to be a deceptive person who puts her own needs in the first place. She cannot admit her mistakes and lets other people take responsibility for her actions. She drives the car that knocks down and consequently kills Myrtle Wilson (Fitzgerald 154). Daisy does not bear the consequences of her fault. She readily accepts Gatsby’s sacrifice and leaves him to take responsibility for the accident. This again proves her deceptive nature. “There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together” (Fitzgerald 155). Daisy is ready to lie but to preserve her security. Her love for Gatsby is not enough to make her admit the truth. It turns out that Daisy is not capable of genuine feelings. She is interested only in her own prosperity, even if that means that other people have to suffer because of her mistakes. She prefers to run from her guilt rather than face the consequences of her irresponsible behavior. Deception becomes a means for her survival, and she remorselessly resorts to it.
Daisy is a beautiful young woman who is attracted by wealth and parties. Feelings are not as important to her as her financial prosperity. “In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before” (Fitzgerald 82). Daisy forgets Gatsby and indulges in luxurious life. The most explicit proof of Daisy’s desire to keep her social position at any cost is her departure. Her relationship with Gatsby, their plans for the future, and her promises to him become insignificant. Daisy once again betrays Gatsby’s trust in her. She prefers to remain with her husband whom she no more loves or respects but who guarantees her a prominent place in society. “But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them” (Fitzgerald 175). This dooms herself and her husband to a life full of lies. Daisy prefers to keep her social status and remain in the chains of an unsatisfying marriage rather than sacrifice herself in the name of real love. Her social position is more important than her feelings.
Daisy is undisputedly a dubious character. She possesses her positive features but, at the same time, she is a selfish person who is not used to taking care of the others. She deceives Gatsby’s love and does not appreciate the sincerity of his feelings to her. Moreover, she uses his devotion to her and lets him take responsibility for her mistakes. Last but not least, she remains with a person whom she does not love in order to keep her social position. She prefers deception to sincerity, pretention to real love, prosperity to honesty. Daisy is a deceptive character and prefers to live in a world of lies rather than fight for an honest and decent living.