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The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a story about money and “true” love, revolving around a man named Jay Gatsby. Gatsby devotes the majority of his life in pursuit of his dream of winning the love of the beautiful Daisy Fay Buchanan. Unfortunately, as Gatsby eventually learns, Daisy is not worthy of such devotion. Despite being very attractive on the surface, her true personality is self-centered, careless, and incapable of sustained loyalty to anything other than money. Because of this, Daisy plays an important role in developing the theme of the novel, which is that wealth leads to corruption. In the earliest parts of the novel, as new characters are being introduced, Daisy is portrayed as a beautiful, young, wealthy woman of the 20’s. In Nick’s first experience with her in the book, he describes all her beautiful features, including her lovely gorgeous face, eyes, and mouth. Also, in addition to this beautiful characterization, the author chose to give her the name of a flower, further emphasizing her beauty, youth, and purity. Many of the items and objects associated with or surrounding Daisy are white, much like a real daisy. She is often seen wearing white clothing, in fact she wears white up all the way up until Myrtle’s death. Similarly, she constantly uses white to describe aspects of her life, even describing her childhood in Louisiana to be “white.” In addition, many of Daisy’s actions are much like an innocent teenager’s, impulsive and carefree, despite actually being in her twenties. For example, she is constantly playing the role of matchmaker with her friends and even acquaintances and even views her own relationships to be somewhat of a game. In many ways, her actions and the white objects around her are meant to show her innocence and purity, or at least the innocence and purity that she tries to show others. The book, however, notes that when it comes to Daisy, “White here represents innocence, but in a different way…” meaning that although on the surface Daisy may appear to be innocent young woman, her character in in fact much deeper than they may seem to be at first glance. In reality, as we get to know her, Daisy’s character represents greed and a lack of morality. We learn that, despite being in love with Jay Gatsby, she chooses to marry Tom Buchanan for his money. Then, as if this weren’t enough, she has an affair with Gatsby despite her marriage to Tom. Daisy’s character shows how wealth can lead to corruption, even leading one to betray their own feelings and hurt others for its sake. Even Nick begins to notice this trend as he claims that “her voice is full of money” meaning that everything about her can be characterized by wealth. Other than wealth, Daisy’s life is largely without any direction or purpose. She allows her husband, and sometimes Gatsby, to make decisions for her, giving up any power that she had to them. When she gives these men this power, she is essentially giving up all her power to money, because both men represent money and she often follows the directions of whoever gives her more of what she wants. By the end of the book, Daisy’s character is totally different than from the beginning; she is no longer innocent and pure but corrupted by greed. She proves that major theme of the book to be true, that money can corrupt people. In the end she has become so focused on having more money, status, and material “things” that she probably won’t ever be happy with what she already has. She has become a servant of money, and likely always will be. Money has corrupted everything about her and despite outwardly appearing to be innocent and pure, on the inside she is incredibly corrupt by wealth.