The Great Gatsby – Comparison Of Gatsby And Tom Buchanan
The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby, a wonderful novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about a man by thename of Jay Gatsby, and Jay’s dream is that through wealth and power, one can acquirehappiness. To get to this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream. In the past, Jay had a love affair with the affluent Daisy, knowing he could not marry herbecause he was poor at the time he left her and went to fight in the war. But once he hadbecame rich five years later, he hunted her down and moved close to her, and her newhusband Tom Buchanan. Overall, Tom Buchanan and Mr. Gatsby are completely two different types of men,in my opinion. Although there are limited examples of how they are similar. Both of themen had a fondness for Nick Carraway, cousin to Daisy and neighbor to Gatsby. ? ? Thisis just a friend…? ? (page 71.) Gatsby explains to Meyer Wolfsheim about young NickCarraway. ? ? When I said you were a particular friend of Tom’s, he started to abandonthe whole idea. ? ? (page 80.) Jordan Baker told Nick about her conversation with Mr.
Gatsby one evening. Gatsby loved Daisy so much more than Tom had, but Tom stillconfessed his love for Daisy. ? ? And whats more, I love Daisy too. ? ? (page 132.) Tomtried to defend himself as Gatsby accused him of not treating his wife right, and statingthat Daisy had never loved Tom. ? ?…Well, there I was, ?way of my ambitions, gettingdeeper in love every minute, and all of a sudden I didn’t care. ? ? (page 150.) Tom triedto explain to Nick of his love for Daisy. Also, one more similarity between Tom and Mr.
Gatsby, is the fact that they both had won over Daisy’s love. Daisy had loved them both. ? ? I did love him once – but I loved you too.? ? (page 133.) As Daisy had to explain herlove for her husband Tom, and her love for Mr. Gatsby, in front of Nick, Jordan, Tom,and Gatsby. There were many differences between Tom and Gatsby. First off, Tom lived inEast egg, the more wealthier part, while Gatsby had lived in West egg, where peoplehadn’t inherited all their money, but mostly earned it through illegal matters. ? I lived atWest egg, the – well, the less fashionable of the two…the one on my right was a colossalaffair by any standard…It was Gatsby’s mansion. ? (page 5.) ? Across the courtesy baythe white palaces of fashionable East egg glittered along the water, and the history ofthe summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the TomBuchanans. ? (page 5.) Tom told of how he and Mr. Gatsby lived in West egg, and Tomlived in East egg with his wife Daisy. Also, Tom had inherited his money, it was allpassed down, from generation to generation. When he was a young boy, his parents wererich. Although, Gatsby had a very different background. He had inherited money from hismentor Dan Cody, well he never really seen the money, but he was suppose to get it fromhim. He had though, picked up his habits of bootlegging and getting money throughillegal matters from Dan Cody. And that is how he got all his money, from illegalbusiness. ? ? A lot of these newly rich people are just bootleggers, you know. ? ? (page109.) Tom was describing Gatsby to Nick. ? His family were enormously wealthy – evenin college his freedom with money was a matter for reproach. ? (page 6.) Nick dictatesthe facts about Toms childhood and current state of wealth. One major difference in theend, is Nick’s final opinion of the two men. At the end of the novel, Nick finds he lovesGatsby and hates Tom. ? I found myself on Gatsby’s side, and alone. ? (page 165.) Nick tells it the way it is. ? ? I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I had saw that whathe had done was, to him, entirely justified. ? ? (page 180.) Nick explains his feelingstoward Tom after he had last seen him after Gatsby’s