Describe three key characters and how they change in the novel. 

Daisy Buchanan:

Towards the start of the novel we meet Daisy when she is sitting on the couch dressed all in white with Jordan. Daisy is then associated with the colour white through out the book (white car, white dress, and white flowers etc.) At the start she is also represented as an angel, that is pure, and innocent. Fitzgerald also makes her seem perfect among everyone else’s lies and cheating.Gatsby’s obsession with her seems reachable after all the lengths he’s gone to. At this stage, Daisy is seen like a worthy prize to Gatsby. As the story goes on we start to see more of Daisy’s true colours and that her life is based around materialism.Daisy changes because towards the end the purity of her being white is gone. We start to see her become more of a silver colour because she isn’t as pure and innocent as she seems. Her personality becomes scruffy because she is no longer the angel that she made out to be. We finally get to see that her whole life is materialistic. This is because she has not true friends, she doesn’t know what happiness feels like, She doesn’t have close family nor does she know how to love someone or what it feels like to be loved.I think that white represents her the best because white is not actually a colour and she is blank. Just like white. She has no ‘heart’ and no feelings or love but she does have a realisation and advice for her daughter :”I’m glad it’s a girl.And I hope she’ll be a fool-that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” She want she daughter to be a fool so she doesn’t realise what the world actually is. She says this because she has experienced it and Daisy knows that this is no world for a woman. She wants her daughter to survive through beauty and not brains. When Daisy kills Myrtle all of her white pureness that surrounds her vanishes and she is no longer seen as innocent. 

Jay Gatsby:

Gatsby is a wealthy man who lives in a mansion in the West Egg who is well-known for hosting giant parties hoping that Daisy the love of his life would one day wonder in. When we first meet Mr Gatsby he is a gracious, mysterious, dreamer. As the story goes on Gatsby’s mysteriousness unfolds and we find out that he has being chasing the most unrealistic dream his whole adult life. We find out that Gatsby has been chasing the dream of marrying Daisy Buchanan the wife of Tom. Gatsby’s success story of how he went from poor to rich, makes Gatsby an embodiment of the American Dream. He was born into a poor farming family which had little to nothing but as Gatsby grew up he decided to leave home with the dream to fulfil the ‘American Dream’. Once Gatsby left home he ended up having even less than what his family had but that is until he met a sailor… Dan Cody. Dan Cody taught Jay Gatsby how to pursue dreams and turn them into goals. Through this period Jimmy Gatz evolved into Jay Gatsby, to be later recognised as ‘The Great Gatsby’. Life started to become unknown to Gatsby and very different although he was missing true friends and money. “He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her.” This quote describes when Gatsby and Daisy first meet and how he was drawn to her and felt the need to make himself worthy enough for Daisy. From this moment onwards Gatsby went on to  make money to get his dream girl… Daisy. Although Gatsby fell in love with Daisy that summer and he went on to treasure those moment with her for ever, Daisy did not feel the same way. We can tell this because whilst Gatsby was out making him self a worthy man for Daisy, she went on to marry a wealthy man Tom. From then on everything Gatsby did was for the singular purpose of winning Daisy over and falling in love with her again. At that time money was the issue since Daisy came from ‘old money’ and inherited her wealth whereas Gatsby came from a poor family and wasn’t good enough for Daisy. Gatsby wants people to believe that he inherited his money, although he made his wealth through a well organised crime. Gatsby’s well-known phrase ‘Old Sport’ is actually used to build the illusion that he is from old money.He uses this phrase ‘Old Sport’ because it was used among wealthy people in England and America at the time.He profited greatly from selling liquor illegally. By being so focused on pursuing his dream goal Gatsby became more and more drawn into a fantasy world of what how ‘great’ he thinks his life is. Gatsby is an idealistic character because he tries to distance himself from his young poor life, yet he lives his adult life trying to recapture the past he had with Daisy.”Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”This quote proves that Gatsby still very much believes that he can still rebuild the past he had with Daisy.          

Nick Caraway:

We first meet Nick at the start of the novel before he got dragged into the wealthy chaotic world of New York. Nick is the narrator of the book therefore this book is written from Nick’s perspective. Although at the start of the novel Nick is more of a background character he soon becomes vital to the story and one of the main characters. He comes from the upper Midwest (Minnesota or Wisconsin) and has supposedly been raised on stereotypical Midwestern values such as hard work, perseverance, justice, and so on. One of the first things Nick tells the readers is some advice that his father gave him when he was young: “Whenever you feel like criticising any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”. This quote is almost stating that we should trust Nick’s judgment. Whilst he comes of as thoughtful and caring we also get a senses of he is judgmental and odd. This advice that nick’s father gives him almost seems like it is a ‘dig’ at him, because it makes him sound like he is always  judging people’s behaviours and action without considering their circumstances or context. This tells us that one of his main weaknesses is judging people, and considering that the book is told through his eyes this is a believable statement.  Nick’s moral sense makes him stand out from the other characters and show that he is not like them. From the first time he meets Daisy, Tom, and Jordan (in Chapter 1), he clearly isn’t like them. He is represented more of a  practical and down-to-earth than person u like the other characters. This is also shown in Chapter 2 when Nick doesn’t know how to respond when he is  introduced into Tom and Myrtle’s secret love. We also notice that he doesn’t feel the need to tell anyone about his adventures or story unlike Gatsby who is constantly trying to convince people he is ‘wealthy’. Once again in Chapter 3 Nick is different form everyone else because unlike the other, Nick was waiting for an invite to attend one of Gatsby’s grand parties. Once Nick walked into the party he was only focused on one thing at that was to find the host; Gatsby. Once he finally Met Gatsby he described him as:” He smiled understandingly — much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.” 


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  1. Support your argument with more evidence.
    Find parts of the text that represent Daisy and her “white” purity and then show me where it changes to “silver”.

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