In the event that you’re being serious, I’m going to ask you to listen the fuck up because you are about to get schooled.
We can’t talk about Daisy Buchanan without first discussing Nick Carraway, who, let’s face it, hates women. Whether this is due to a romantic infatuation with Gatsby or not is debatable (I am of the opinion that it contributes, but who’s to say for sure?). Examine the way Nick talks about women - namely Daisy and Jordan - and you’ll find that his narration, as is the case with all first-person POVs, is biased in favor of his own personal judgment, and is therefore flawed.
Nick’s descriptions of Daisy give the impression that she’s silly and shallow and sad and undeserving. He paints a rather pathetic, flighty picture that often has readers - or me, at least - deadpanning, “Gee, Nick, tell us how you really feel.” You can’t take this motherfucker seriously.
Now let’s talk about Daisy.
Daisy, who didn’t marry a poor boy who loved her - big wow, a well-to-do woman didn’t marry some broke-ass dude, because her parents totally would have allowed that, that is how things worked in such a time period. Jay leaves to find his fortune, to become Gatsby, and Daisy moves on with her life. She meets someone, she falls in love, and despite that little speed bump that was Gatsby’s letter on her wedding day, she still marries Tom, how very dare she. I mean, aside from the fact that she does love Tom, do you have any idea how much pressure a 1920s socialite is under to make the right moves? She can’t just call off her wedding and run back to some guy she hasn’t seen in years.
And when Daisy does run back to Gatsby - which is completely justifiable, considering Tom’s behavior - Gatsby just piles more pressure on her. She wants to run away, she doesn’t care about his big house or the fancy parties or the life she thought she wanted - she just cares about being with Gatsby, who for all his talk of how much he luuuuuuuuurves her, is actually more preoccupied with impressing her, adding her to the collection of pretty things he’s acquired over the years, with repeating a past that never happened instead of moving into a future that could have been possible for them. He wants to get time back instead of using all the time they have to look forward to. He’s obsessed with Daisy Fay and doesn’t see Daisy Buchanan. He refuses to accept that there was a time that Daisy loved someone else - he demands that she deny it, rather than accept the fact that now is enough, and that the past is over and done with and it doesn’t have to affect their relationship this much. Gatsby ruins them, but everybody’s on the “Oh, poor Gatsby” train because of his misplaced sense of love, which is apparently ~romantic~ ?? Girl, please.
But my favorite part about Daisy - my absolute favorite part - is this, when she’s talking about her daughter: “I hope she’ll be a fool - that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
Daisy gets it. Daisy understands how the goddamn world works, what her place is, and she hates it. So for her daughter she wishes that she’s beautiful enough to live comfortably, to have some semblance of happiness, and Daisy wishes that her daughter will never see the world for what it really is, because that’s ultimately what screwed Daisy over. She gets that on the most fundamental level of getting it.
So if you don’t like Daisy Buchanan, well, that’s your loss, man.
Day 3 of Chrisney week
↳ Christian helps Sydney learn how to control her fire powers
"So I hear you like to play fire…"
Disney Princess Movies before and after name changes.
"how can we improve these titles?"
im from new york! what about you?
And even now I wish that
God had chose another
Serving as your foe on his behalf
Is the last thing that I wanted