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Comparing and Contrasting Gatsby and Tom

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Tom Buchanan
Jay Gatsby
Comparing and Contrasting Gatsby and Tom
Who is Jay Gatsby?
``Sometimes they came and went without having met
Gatsby at all...`` (Fitzgerald 45)
GATSBY
TOM
Old Money

Earns and works
for his money
for Daisy
Selfless
Would never disrespect Daisy
Uses his
money to
please himself

Selfish
GAME TIME!
Who is Tom Buchanan?
By: Omar Sanad and Mark Kirollos
Compare and contrast Gatsby and
Tom. How are they alike? How are
they different?
Lives in West Egg
Born into a poor family
New Money
Bootlegged to gain his fortune
In love with Daisy
Went to war
Changed his identity
Throws marvelous parties to attract Daisy's attention.
Selfless, restless, and passive.
Personality
Gatsby himself does not appear in a speaking role until Chapter 3. Fitzgerald initially presents Gatsby as a mysterious host that throws unbelievably lavish parties every week at his mansion.
``Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.`` (Fitzgerald 193)
Fitzgerald displays Gatsby’s
personality, as he reveals Gatsby to be an innocent, hopeful young man who risks everything on his dreams, not realizing that his dreams are unworthy of him.
1905
1910
1920
1915
1900
1895
Changed his name from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby
Dan Cody died
Met Daisy Buchanan
Went off to war
After the war, he met Mr. Wolfsheim
Moved to West Egg
Met Nick
Hosted parties to attract Daisy`s attention
Met Daisy at Nick`s house for the first time after five years
Wanted to live the past again with Daisy
James Gatz was born into a poor family who were farmers in North Dakota.
Worked at fishing industry
Met Dan Cody
Jay Gatsby's Real Life timeline
Wealthy and has been wealthy all his life
East Egg
Married to Daisy Buchanan
Has a mistress named Myrtle Wilson
Athletic and good looking
Selfish character
Racist
Violent and aggressive
Personality
"Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions and next they'll throw everything over board and have intermarriage between black and white." (Fitzgerald 138)
"It’s up to us who are the dominant race to watch out
or these other races will have control of things." (Fitzgerald 16)
Tom Buchanan's racism is evident in the beginning of the novel by making others inferior to him, Tom sets his place as the "dominant" race. Tom's controlling nature prevents him from being able to consider the opinions, views, or see anyone else as equal.
"Some time toward midnight Tom Buchanan and Mrs. Wilson stood face to face discussing in impassioned voices whether Mrs. Wilson had any right to mention Daisy’s name.
‘Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!’ shouted Mrs. Wilson. ‘I’ll say it
whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai--‘
Making a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broke her
nose with his open hand." (Fitzgerald 21)
Tom has a string of affairs despite being married to Daisy, and is involved with Myrtle Wilson throughout Nick's summer-long friendship with the Buchanans. An aggressive, short-tempered man, Tom wreaks continual havoc by abusing -- physically or emotionally -- Daisy, Myrtle, George Wilson, and Gatsby throughout the novel.
How does Tom's character influence the events of the novel?
Tom is a very static character that acts as a barrier between Gatsby and Daisy. He is the one thing that keeps them apart. He also keeps the story interesting because he always feels self justified, even when bad things happen, and he also has a woman in New York that indirectly causes many problems for everyone.
Easily liked
Easily disliked
Doesn't always respect Daisy
Doesn't get punished
Gets punished
Daisy
Don't want to lose her
Flashy
Lie to be happier
Wealth
Greed
New Money
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