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The Great Gatsby Tom Character Analysis

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In the beginning, some people try to appear that everything about them is "in black and white, until later their true colors come out (Anthony Liccione). In literature, authors show a character's true colors through their actions throughout the book. In the beginning of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, he presents Tom as an immoral person through his actions. Toms actions and behavior portray him as abusive and unloyal. Tom lives a life that makes him known as unloyal. It was no secret that he had a mistress. “ The fact that he had one was insisted upon wherever he was known (Fitzgerald, 24). Tom having a mistress shows that he is unloyal. The quote shows that he is known for being a cheater. The way Tom acts also shows him to be abusive…show more content…
Tom is shown through multiple examples to act cruel towards those he loves or cares about. In his relationship with Myrtle, Tom Buchanan hits and breaks her nose. This is a prime example of Tom acting cruel towards someone he loves or cares about. “ I'll say it whenever I want to! Daisy Dais-. Making a short deft movement, Tom buchanan broke her nose with his open hand” (Fitzgerald, 37). The fact that he would hit her is cruel enough, but Tom breaks Myrtle's nose solely for saying something he didn't like. Tom acts cruel towards the ones he loves in more ways than physical. After a long marriage of pain, Daisies true opinion of Tom is shown. “ And what's more, I love Daisy too. Once in awhile I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time. "You're revolting," said Daisy” (Fitzgerald, ). This shows that Tom has been cruel to Daisy physically and mentally throughout their marriage, but continues to argue with excuses that he really loves her. Tom tries to say that he loves her even though he cheats and mistreats her. Toms behavior shows him to be cruel to those he loves because he cheats, disrespects, and physically abuses them in some
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