Examples Of Tom Buchanan In The Great Gatsby

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Demonstrating the typical and expected attitude of an upper-class man in the 1920’s, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays Tom Buchanan as aggressive and arrogant in The Great Gatsby. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald subtly hints to Tom’s contentious attitude; instead of speaking normally, Tom “br[eaks] out violently” and interrupts others (12). When discussing Mrs. Wilson’s right to “mention Daisy’s name”, Tom fails to control his anger and breaks her nose (37). Furthermore, perpetuating racism throughout his community, Tom “insist[s]” that racist books “are all scientific” (13). Most people during this time discriminated against blacks; but, Tom’s book demonstrates to others not only his superior understanding of racism but also his knowledge and
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