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Similarities Between Tom And Buchanan In The Great Gatsby

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3.4.3. Tom and Daisy Buchanan (Old money class) In The Great Gatsby, Tom and Daisy don't need the American Dream because they were born with America already at their feet. In fact, Nick literally describes Daisy as “high in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl”, much like the princess that the hero gets to marry at the end of a fairy tale. Concerning Tom Buchanan, “His family were enormously wealthy even in college, his freedom with money was a matter for reproach”. He also “brought down a string of polo ponies from Lake Forest. It was hard to realize that a man in my own generation was wealthy enough to do that” (1.8). Due to this reason, they seem to directly antagonize the dream – Daisy by refusing Gatsby, and Tom by helping to drag the Wilsons into tragedy. Clearly, Tom and Daisy already have the advantage of coming from rich and elite families. They do not work but live a life of leisure, drifting aimlessly and engaging in activities mostly on impulse. "They spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together" (1.8). This is especially interesting because unlike Gatsby, Myrtle, and George, who actively hope and dream of a better life, Daisy and Tom are described as bored and “careless,” and end up instigating a large amount of tragedy through their own recklessness. For example, Tom Buchanan engages in an affair with Myrtle Wilson, ultimately…show more content…
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