Perhaps the most important fiction work of the decade, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is an account of the self-absorbtion of the rich in the 1920’s. Daisy Buchanan, the object of the title character’s desire, is the most significant woman in the novel. Daisy resembles most of Fitzgerald’s other female characters in her situation, personality and actions.
The characteristics of Daisy and her social status are similar to those of the typical Fitzgerald female character. Daisy is youthful and beautiful. “Daisy took her face in her hands as if feeling its lovely shape . . . .” Most of Fitzgerald’s female characters are involved with wealthy men, and Daisey is married to one. Tom “. . . hired a whole floor of the Muhlbach Hotel . . .” for his and Daisy’s wedding. Daisy had been extremely popular as a younger woman. She was “‘. . . by far the most popular of all the young girls in Louisville.'” Besides having the usual situation for one of Fitzgerald’s female characters, Daisy also has a similar personality.
Daisy’s personality was not unlike those of other Fitzgerald woman characters. She has a particularly enchanting quality that draws people to her. She talks to Nick “. . . in her low, thrilling voice.” Daisy displays frivilous attitudes. She shows her daughter to friends like an attractive object. Daisy says to her daughter, “‘. . . your mother wanted to show you off.'” Daisy is actually quite cold and has no real emotions. Nick “. . . felt the basic insincerity of what she had said.”