Daisy's Greed in The Great Gatsby

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Daisy's Greed in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby as a whole contains many themes revolving around the "death" of the American dream and the corruption of society as a result of this. Daisy, one of the book's central figures and an aloof and wealthy socialite, displays the bad qualities associated with people whom Fitzgerald sees as the cause of the downfall of society. Daisy shows a desire to gain material wealth at all costs, and she breaks any rules that stand in her way. She takes no responsibility for her actions. Daisy even goes back to Tom, who cheated on her and treats her like garbage, after Gatsby admits that he is "new money." She wants to keep her social standing of being part of a long line of wealthy citizens. Fitzgerald meant for Daisy to be the prime example of where American standards were heading. Daisy's greed can best be seen in her choice of a husband, and in the circumstances leading up to that choice. When she and Gatsby were stationed in Europe during the war, she fell in love with him because he weaved an intricate lie about the massive wealth of his family and all the good things he could give to her. It broke her heart when they had to leave each other, not because she loved him, but because she was greedy and loved what he had. This is the main reason why she married Tom later; she couldn't have the money Gatsby offered her so she took the money Tom offered her. Tom is portrayed as such an unlikable character that one finds it hard to believe that she would marry him for anything other than his possessions. And her desire to stay in touch with her rich lifestyle even extends to breaking the law when necessary. When Daisy drives home with Gatsby, after she learns of Tom's affair with Myrtle, she hits Myrtle and kills her. Instead of stopping or trying to help, she drives off. Later, when asked about the accident, she lets Gatsby take the blame. The end result of this, of course, is Gatsby's death at the hands of George Wilson, who doesn't know Daisy killed his wife because she never owned up to it. Fitzgerald also show the corruption of the American Dream in how he portrays Daisy's lifestyle. She and her equally corrupt friend Jordan Baker sit around all day basking in

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