eng 215 Essay

846 Words Dec 27th, 2014 4 Pages
English 215
15th October, 2014

Compare and contrast Gatsby and Tom F.Scott Fitzgerald’s story of The Great Gatsby is an intriguing piece of literature that is full of suspense and surprises. The two main characters Gatsby and Tom were both living the America dream, but were not fully satisfied due to the contention for Daisy’s love and company. Gatsby and Tom had similar characteristics, but were different in some other aspects. Daisy choose Tom over Gatsby, however, it was not really easy for her, but was necessary for her to live a safe and comfortable life. The similarities between Gatsby and Tom are limited. Both characters are indeed in pursuit of Daisy, they feel they are both justified to have her, because of the
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Throughout the reading, Tom is viewed as an irresponsible husband and father figure because of how he frequently relinquishes his duties as a man. After he gets married to Daisy, they eventually have a daughter. However, due to Tom’s nonchalant nature, he doesn’t feel obliged to handle any responsibilities concerning his marriage. He becomes an alcoholic and he is pictured as a very arrogant man due to his wealth. His cruel nature was depicted by the author when Nick states that “His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed. There was a touch of paternal contempt in it, even toward people he liked—and there were men at New Haven who had hated his guts” (Fitzgerald 9). This statement proves how rude Tom was. Subsequently, the similarities were profound, but the difference between Gatsby and Tom was considerably not sufficient to sway favor to Gatsby, because the way they accumulated wealth differed. The love Daisy had for Gatsby was stated when Turegano, said “Daisy was madly in love with Gatsby, who uses Nick to rekindle his affair with Daisy Buchanan. Though suspicious and jealous of Gatsby, Tom is boldly doing his own salacious things on the side” (Turegano1). Tom had the advantage because is money was genuine and more reliable than Gatsby’s, which whom made his Money in an illegal way. It was wise for Daisy to choose Tom, because she will continue to live her dreams, and protect the future for her daughter. The

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