"There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn't there.

Blindness is basically the incapability of an individual to see or be able to use their eyes to look around them. However, in literature blindness is used as a symbolic expression and is used to describe someone who is not necessarily impaired by sight but is instead figuratively blind or oblivious to things, incidents, emotions and people around them. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, this figurative form of blindness is used to describe the majority of characters, but this trait is mostly obvious in the characters of Daisy, Myrtle and Gatsby. This blindness causes Daisy to indulge in self obsession, Myrtle ignores reality and lives in a fantasy world and when Gatsby fails to see life as it really is, without an obsession to be blinded by, the entire facade falls apart and each character is left shocked with the reality they ignored. .

Daisy, one of the main characters is blind in the sense that she basically wanders through life, not really feeling or understanding anything. She is extremely superficial in her thinking. Talking to Nick she says "I hope she'll be a fool "that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool-[Pg 22], when referring to her daughter, this gives the reader an insight into the way she thinks about society. She is completely blinded by what she believes is the way things should be instead of looking at reality and realize how childish her thoughts are. She is also blind to her own actions and the way she is ruining her marriage by having an affair with Jay Gatsby. While reading about the incident in New York it can be seen that she is extremely confused and does not care or think highly enough about either Gatsby or Tom to make a solid decision as to who she wants to be with. She talks about how "she did love him [Tom] once but she loved Gatsby too-[Pg 126], leaving Gatsby completely speechless and Tom shocked.