Monday, March 14, 2011

Dismissing Daisy: Fermin Assesses Gatsby's Girl!

In our work on the novel, The Great Gatsby, we discussed whether Daisy was a “tragic, crazy person.” Fermin had his say and I must say it was quite convincing.

I think Daisy is a histrionic, childish and neurotic character and her life is marked by a childhood and youth devoid of economic problems, having whatever she likes. She enjoyed an easy life with her every whim granted as if by magic.

In the 1920s there were strict social classes and breaking these conventions was very difficult. A powerful bourgeoisie developed in the USA with great economic interests dating back to the Industrial Revolution.

Daisy lives outside normal reality and it is imposed on her, she escapes. She also is unable to assume any liability. She suffers with a certain schizophrenia. First, she falls in love with Gatsby but cannot face this situation. On the other hand, she is married to another person because of family and social pressures. In this sense, she is a weak, neurotic depressive person unable to face any difficult situation. She lives in an unreal world in which she deceives herself.

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