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1. Quote; “It’s up to us, who are the dominant race, to watc
Transcript of 1. Quote; “It’s up to us, who are the dominant race, to watc
Tom is an infidel
Without humility comes inferiority
A man in his prime
“It’s up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things" (13).
Tom is the type of man who prefers society to stay the "old fashion way."
“… I’m stronger and more of a man than you are” (7).
The amount of bravado Tom has swirling around within him, he chooses not to admit anyone can possibly be "better" than him.
Even though Tom is a handsome fellow who is in decent shape, he lacks in humility.
“Tom’s got some woman in New York" (15).
Tom does not have much loyalty to Daisy, he cheats on her with Myrtle. Tom breaks his marital duties and the vows he took when he first married Daisy.
“That’s what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen...” (12).
Tom is a massive fellow who is athletic who plays football in college.
“Two shinning arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward” (7).
“… one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anticlimax" (6).
Tom is exceedingly wealthy, he has more money than he will ever be able to spend in his entire life.
His physique is perfect, and he has a child to live on his legacy.
Tom Buchanan will not be able to achieve much when he grows older.
Who he is
The Great Gatsby
“‘No, he doesn’t,’ said Tom coldly. ‘And if you feel that way about it, maybe I’d better sell it somewhere else after all" (25).
Tom Buchanan has money money flowing out of his ears, although he does not care for the less fortunate.
Tom, is rich, selfish and does not care about the little man
“‘It’s a bitch,’ said Tom decisively. ‘Here’s your money. Go and buy ten more dogs with it'" (28).
Most men and women possess enough class to hold their tongue in most situations. Unfortunately, Tom is not one of these decent people.
Tom is not afraid to speak his mind
“Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand" (37).
Historic records have shown the abuse of women from men.
In today's society, it is expected of all men to act orderly to all women.
Despite this, Tom believes he is invincible due to his vast amount of money.
Tom is a man, but no gentleman
“When I came back they had disappeared, so I sat down discreetly in the living-room and read a chapter of Simon Called Peter—either is was terrible stuff or the whiskey distorted things, because it didn’t make any sense to me" (29).
To expect anything less than complete ignorance from Tom Buchanan is foolish.
To care for others is the virtue of an honest man
In Tom's mind, there is not much he believes he can not overcome. Between the amount of money he has and the confidence he wields under his belt Tom feels invincible.
Tom first meets Nick when both of them went Yale. After they went to college together, Nick meets up with Tom in Chicago for a couple days.
The two of them are acquainted, but when Nick sees Tom again when Nick moves to West Egg New York.
Tom, Nick, Jordan and Daisy sit on the porch of the Buchanan estate. Tom rambles on about the inferiority of other races compared to Caucasians.
After his ramble Tom walks into his house to talk to his playmate in upper New York over the receiver.
Tom brings along Nick
A few days after Nick arrives in West Egg Tom invites Nick to accompany him to upper New York.
Tom, already married to a lovely woman and whom has child; decides to be unfaithful.
Tom ventures with Nick to upper New York to see one of his mistresses.
Tom is going behind Daisy's back to cheat on her with a woman named Myrtle.
Tom lies and steals
Tom walks into a garage where he talks to the owner about selling the man a car. Tom lies to the owner of the store about maybe selling the car.
After Tom falsely makes a deal; he goes over to the man's wife, Myrtle. Tom tells Myrtle to join him on the train.
Love for a day
Tom and Myrtle walk around the streets of New York where Tom buys her a symbol of loyalty.
This symbol is a puppy, something that refers to a trust for life. But, Tom does not truly love Myrtle.
During a small get together in a New York apartment, Tom, Myrtle, Myrtle's sister Catherine and some associates drink and be merry.
In the middle of all the drinking Tom breaks Myrtle's nose because she was drunk and acting immature.
Tom lies for fun
Tom drives into town, he stops at the gas station for fuel.
Tom tells the owner that the car he is driving is Tom's, when it actually belongs to Gatsby.
Lying to the owner of the gas station about who owns the car is a unsafe thing to do, but Tom feels invincible.
To fight with words
Tom and Gatsby yell at each other in the bath house about who Daisy love more.
Even though Tom is a large man with a bad temper he never took a swing at Gatsby for trying to steal his wife away.
Cowards cover their steps
When Myrtle passes away, Tom understands that he can be viewed as a suspect.
To prevent himself from being penalized Tom goes immediately to George and tells him that he one else is to blame.
Tom is still able to swoon Daisy back into his arms. Tom talks to Daisy over dinner one night, Tom tells her about how she needs to forgive him.
Daisy stays with Tom even though majority of the ordeal is Tom's fault.
When Tom buys Myrtle the puppy on the street road, he did so to buy her love. Myrtle takes the gift as a token of love, not as a symbolic gesture (which it was not).
Loyalty is a trait that every successful relationship requires to function. A popular symbol of loyalty is the dog.
Cowards stick together
Dogs have proven to be "man's best friend," this shows loyalty and dedication. Buying Myrtle the dog, Tom misrepresents his love and loyalty to her.
Back at the apartment Myrtle takes her new puppy and leaves the dog on a coffee table with no food or water.
Myrtle completes the symbolic cycle by leaving something she once cared for to die alone.
Daisy describes Tom as “a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen...” (12), this gives an accurate overall view on Tom's personality.
The symbol of a brute is a derogatory one that labels the person normally as a unintelligent animal.
Labeled as such