"There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams - not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion" (101). Daisy Buchanan has many instances where her life and love of herself, money, and materialism come into play. Daisy's character portrays her happy when people give things to her and when things go the way she planned. She seems concerned only of her own stability rather than the more important things like true love. She only married Tom Buchanan for the security he offered and love had little to do with the issue. She seems to many as a sweet and innocent wife who Tom keeps in the closet until it's time to show off for company, but when everyone has gone she becomes a bored housewife. She appears innocent and harmless, when actually she is an overall weak character for she puts material matters before her morals, depends on men, and hides her real selfish, uncaring personality under a fake character; therefore falling short of the greatness of Gatsby's dream of perfection.
Money obviously tops Daisy's priorities above everything else, even family. She lives in a very respectable house in an elite neighborhood with a financially stable husband. She lets these things conquer her and she intends for them to conquer her daughter as well. "And I hope she"ll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world today, a beautiful little fool"(24). She lives to show off through material goods and her "prize" daughter whom she presents like a doll. Her obsession with status shows through staying with a cheating husband, acting as a fake when guests come, and how material items stand out to her. "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made up" (187).