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Tom Buchanan Essay

Essay about Character Analysis of Tom Buchanan in the Great Gatsby

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Tom Buchanan is one of the many colourful, intriguing and enigmatic characters of the masterpiece “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is the antagonist of the novel and rightly so. He is racist, a hypocrite, an immoral cheater, a short-tempered brute and misogynistic. Tom is also part of an old and out dated sort of world that is being swamped all-round the edges by a new and better society. That is the reason why he is acting so tough and also why he hates Jay Gatsby so much, it is because he is afraid, afraid that the world that he knows and all the old-fashioned values of love, wealth and masculinity will come crashing down on him. He dislikes Gatsby because he is part of the new generation and he got rich by a different way…show more content…

He is also shown to be a very hypocritical man when it comes to love, he would not let Gatsby near Daisy because he fears that Daisy will fall for him and start an affair. He doesn’t like this and feels that only he is allowed to go out and have extramarital affairs while his wife is forbidden to engage in the same activity. Tom’s thinking on love was considered very normal at the time and his activities were probably imitated by many of his associates but this view of love is very false, unfair and sexist. This is one of the reasons why Tom’s old world must go.

Tom believes that wealth is everything and that would be true in his case and anyone else who lived in that world at that time. Tom is nothing without his vast wealth. He would not have a beautiful wife like Daisy, he would not have the high socio-status that he enjoys now, he would never be able to afford that big villa and he could never have started an affair with anyone. Tom never worked for his wealth, he never did. Instead he was born into a very old but wealthy family and inherited all the money once his parents died. Nick says, “His Family were enormously wealthy…” This was the common way for all the wealthy, elite class people to get their money in the 1920s. After the Great War there was a new group of wealthy socialites that came flooding in all around America. Gatsby and Jordan Baker are

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