At the beginning of the novel she is portrayed as proud and sure of herself, but as she begins to develop feelings for Gatsby again that she cannot decide what she wants. In chapter 7, during the riff between Tom and Jay over her, she cannot seem to decide who she wants to be with. When Jay says, “You never loved him,” Daisy responds right back, “I never loved him” wanting to please Gatsby, not making her own choice in the situation. The fact that she chose one rather than not, even though both men were no good for her, shows how dependent she was on other people and money. When Daisy and Gatsby left that hotel is when Daisy murdered Myrtle.
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Her inability to react to Tom's extramarital affairs indicates that she understood her position as a wife required that she accept her husband's unfaithfulness, despite her internal turmoil. In the climax of the novel, Daisy must choose between Tom and Gatsby. Remaining married to Tom would imply she accepts the norms, while running off with Gatsby would mean breaking them. When Gatsby asks Daisy to profess their love in front of Tom, she stops and thinks without acting the same instant. An aggravated Gatsby orders her to continue, despite her "perceptible reluctance."
If she went to pieces it’s because there was a rotten streak in her. She was naturally unbalanced; even her love for [her husband] was exaggerated. If she’d had character she’d have been able to make something of life (196).” Isabel is expressing since Sophie is acting different than her normal self she is not normal and never really was. Instead of being a friend to Sophie she would rather have nothing to do with her because she feels there is not anything one can do. Isabel does not care about the well beings of her friends’ even if she has known them all her life.
She is kept in a life that is falling apart as she longs for a lover that she’s actually interested in. Her husband Wilson loves her, but turned out to be poorer than the man she thought she was marrying. Myrtle wants someone to love that loves her to go along with her wish of a life of luxury. Tom was the answer to all her problems. He was rich, and he loved her, even if that meant they were both cheating.
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