Daisy Fay Buchanan is a made-up character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. During the Jazz Period, the protagonist lives as an affluent socialite in East Egg, Long Island. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky.
She is the wife of professional polo player Tom Buchanan and the mother of his daughter; she is the narrator’s second cousin once removed. Daisy had a romance with Jay Gatsby before she married Tom. One of the novel’s major problems is her decision between Gatsby and Tom.
Fitzgerald labels her as a “golden girl” and she is the object of Tom’s cold dominance and Gatsby’s degrading infatuation. As a result of the power struggle between Tom and Gatsby, Daisy is reduced to little more than a material possession whose entire purpose in life is to increase her possessor’s social and financial standing.
Explaining the “Daisy Fay Buchanan” Character
Daisy Fay was a child of privilege during the Jim Crow era in Louisville, Kentucky. Despite the fact that she was courted by several men from her own upper-class background in 1917, she chose to spend a month with Jay Gatsby, a poor man from the Midwest, instead.
The two eventually made a marriage commitment. While Gatsby was off fighting in WWI, Daisy wed Thomas “Tom” Buchanan, a wealthy polo player. They settled in East Egg, an “old money” neighborhood on Long Island, where their bright red and white Georgian Colonial estate overlooked Manhasset Bay.
Gatsby who had become wealthy was first met by her cousin Nick Carraway after he moved to the nearby village of West Egg. In the hope that Daisy would attend one of Gatsby’s lavish parties, he relocated to Long Island and built a mansion specifically for the purpose of winning her back.
Daisy, Tom and Gatsby, along with her friends Nick and Jordan Baker planned to go to the Plaza Hotel, a château-like edifice in New York City modeled after the French Renaissance, later that night at the Buchanan house.
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The Unfortunate Infidelity of Daisy
Tom, Jordan and Nick got into Gatsby’s yellow Rolls-Royce, while Daisy and Gatsby rode alone in Tom’s blue coupé. When the group finally arrived at the hotel, Tom and Gatsby got into an argument about Daisy’s infidelity.
Daisy said she loved both Tom and Gatsby, notwithstanding Gatsby’s assertion that she never loved Tom. Once the argument ended, Daisy and Gatsby drove off in Gatsby’s yellow vehicle, while Tom drove off with Nick and Jordan.
Myrtle Wilson, Tom’s mistress had earlier witnessed him operating Gatsby’s yellow automobile in the vast “valley of ashes,” a synonym for a garbage dump. On the way back to East Egg that night, she noticed it coming and ran in front of it, hoping to make up with Tom, who she assumed was driving.
She was run over by Daisy. Gatsby put on the emergency brake after the crash and drove off with Daisy at the wheel. The night before Myrtle’s funeral, Gatsby visited Daisy in East Egg and promised to accept responsibility for her dea†h.
Tom told George Wilson, Myrtle’s husband, that Gatsby was responsible for her dea†h. In a fit of depression, George went to Gatsby’s West Egg estate, where he fatally murd*red the wealthy man before turning the gun on himself. Daisy, Tom, and their daughter disappeared without a trace from East Egg shortly after Gatsby’s murd*r.
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