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I should start by saying that when I refer to LDR, I’m talking about the persona she projects to the public; Lana as an artist, really.
For me, the most obvious link is in the fact that they are both All-American women, albeit from different times. Their respective rises out of obscurity are indicators of those times. Daisy comes from Southern wealth and reaches social status through marriage where LDR’s fame came from her art being recognized in a bar in New York by a producer. Despite the differences in them, I think their narratives get at pieces of versions of the American Dream from the 20s and from the present. With LDR, that bit is a lot more obvious. She really does present herself as an All-American woman through her music, videos, aesthetic, etc. and sings a lot about the American identity.
Narratives aside, one could also make an argument that both women lack agency in a big way. Now, I don’t know LDR’s entire story, but I am under the impression that she toured small venues for years before someone noticed her and made her into a star. She didn’t do it herself, despite trying very hard. Now she is very clearly a well-constructed image that sells music really well. But that’s just it—she’s been moulded by others. Daisy is similarly under the influence of the men in her life and lacks any real agency (except maybe in a single line in the novel). She is either controlled by Gatsby or Buchanan and their respective visions for how she fits into their lives, despite the fact that maybe she loves them both. Both LDR and Daisy appear to be projections of their times rather than women with agency over their actions.
Maybe that’s not enough to make a real comparison and maybe I’m just going on some feeling of familiarity, but hopefully I’ve explained my thinking reasonably.#the great gatsby #lana del ray #music #film #pop culture