Daisy’s Self View

“I hope she’ll be a fool, that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” – Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby, page 21.)

Reading this line for the first time, I was almost taken back that another women would say these words. After learning more about Daisy’s character, I can defiantly tell she truly does live by and believe these words. This mindset describes the way many women thought in the 1920s. Women back then weren’t suppose to be intelligent or have a mind of their own, they were merely trophies wives who were stood along side their husbands as side characters. This shines light on why Daisy Buchanan is the way she is. She follows success and what men tell her to do, not her own heart. The most eye opening part of this quote, is she said is to describe how she wants her daughter to be. The social standard of American women was to be clueless. Daisy herself feels as though she acts this part, and in turn has succeeded in life, which is why she wishes for her daughter to be “a fool”; in order for her to have the same future as herself.

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