“I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
This is Daisy’s speech in chapter 1 and I find it interesting how this quotation although not directly relevant to the novel’s main themes, offers a revealing glimpse into Daisy’s character. This is when she describes to Nick and Jordan her hopes for her infant daughter when Tom was away. Daisy is not a fool herself but is the product of a social environment that, to a great extent, does not value intelligence in women. The older generation values subservience and docility in females, and the younger generation values thoughtless childishness and pleasure-seeking. Daisy’s remark is somewhat sardonic: while she refers to the social values of her era, she does not seem to challenge them. Instead, she describes her own boredom with life and seems to imply that a girl can have more fun if she is beautiful and simplistic. Daisy herself often tries to act such a part. So I think this gives a bit of negative impression of Daisy. She conforms to the social standard of American femininity in the 1920s in order to avoid such tension-filled issues as her undying love for Gatsby.
As I read on, although Daisy despises Tom at times, I feel that there are similarities between the two of them: “as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged”.