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The Great Gatsby

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A Beautiful Little Fool

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When Daisy describes the birth of her daughter, she explains her reaction and says, “―All right…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.”

Why does Daisy believe a girl should be a fool?

A

Daisy realizes that she, and all women occupy a marginalized position, despite the changing social times. In her opinion it would be better if her daughter were beautiful, but too foolish to realize she was valued only for her looks. That way her feelings wouldn’t be hurt.

B

Daisy doesn’t value intelligence or education. She feels that her daughter can only be successful if she is beautiful and can attract a successful man.

C

Since Tom was disappointed that their child was a girl, Daisy hopes that she is at least beautiful. Nothing else matters.

D

Daisy does not enjoy motherhood, and wants her daughter to be, at the very least, pleasant to look at. If the child is a “little fool,” it would likely be easier to manage her.

E

Children are foolish, according to Daisy. Some are more attractive than others, but the most one can hope for is to have an attractive fool for a child.