Tom Buchanan is Fitzgerald’s masterpiece of creating a character who portrays the life, and characteristics as an alpha male. Through the vision of character’s surrounding Tom we began to see how his loftier masculinity characterizes him in the story. I begin with a quote from Tom’s wife Daisy that embodies the intimidating masculine characteristics of Tom, “I know you didn’t mean to, but you did do it. That’s what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen of a-----” (Fitzgerald 12). In this quote from Daisy we view a list of characteristics that are associated with Tom’s masculinity. The comments made by Daisy not only refer to the physical appearance of Tom but the persona he displays onto others as a bigger
As this carried on in court Tom got more and more nervous towards the end. Atticus kept saying to him “I got this” like it would help him but that didn 't help Tom at all. He was also starting to worry about what would happen if they did win. People would be so mean to him. They would try to get him in court again to put him in jail.
One of the most prominent social biases, both in the 1920’s specifically and throughout American history, is race. In the period after WWI, race tensions were heightening. Tom clearly does not approve of the idea that black people could rise socially and “infiltrate” his world. Even though Tom himself has a mistress, he says, “Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions and next they'll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white. ”(Fitzgerald p130)
Several instances in Tom Walker’s life suggest that became a corrupt and immoral human because of his overbearing trait of greed. Irving uses these instances and Tom’s life on the whole to caution readers of the results of greed. By making Walker’s personality rotten and full of greedy intentions, Walker’s life can be viewed as shameful and unappealing. This perspective makes an impression on readers and enhances Irving’s message explained in the last paragraph of the story. Using Tom Walker’s life as an example of what life choices not to make, Irving warns reader to steer away from their personal greed in order to remain good people.
It is said that readers are usually intrigued by villains, either due to their evil and complex personality or their extreme power and unlimited way of acting. Is the character of Tom Buchanan intriguing for the readers of this book? This aristocratic character is of extreme importance and interest for the readers due to the fact that since the beginning he is described as the owner of a very controversial and evil personality, which also sums up to his role as the nemesis of Gatsby, the hero of the novel. Buchanan is first conveyed by the narrator, Nick, as “a sturdy straw-haired man of thirty”, with “arrogant eyes” and “an enormous power” in his body.
The Dauphin’s actions disgust Huck, who was previously blissfully unaware of society’s harsh and cruel nature. Huck, by ripping up his letter to Ms. Watson, and vowing to “steal Jim out of slavery again,” refuses to conform to the society and slavery (223). Huck’s non-conformist attitude conveys his progressiveness and emphasizes society’s archaic view on slavery. Thus, Huck’s experience with the Duke and Dauphin, shows him the cruel reality of slavery as well as the heartless reality of society. Before his experience on land, Huck remained conscious of, but not fully aware of heartless actions.
Harper Lee touches upon many social issues in To Kill a Mockingbird. Among these issues is the matter of racism in America during the 1930s. This novel focused on the issue of racism through the case of Tom Robinson which conveyed the strong hostility towards African-Americans in Maycomb, Alabama. Other various occasions in the novel exhibit racism’s potential and influence in this country including Aunt Alexandra's disapproval of Calpurnia, and Mr. Dolphus Raymond’s hidden life. Through the results of these instances, Harper Lee shed a new light on racism and how it will always persist in America.
Atticus says during Tom’s trial,”And so a quiet, respectable, humble, Negro who had that unmitigated temerity to ‘feel sorry’ for a white woman has had to put his word against two white people’s. I need not remind you of their appearance and conduct on the stand-you saw them for yourselves. The witnesses for the state, with the exception of the sheriff of Maycomb County, have presented themselves to you gentlemen, to the court, in the cynical confidence that their testimony would not be doubted, confident that you can tell me where to go
The relationship between Myrtle and Tom is defined by this. Fitzgerald uses this relationship purposefully to emphasize how Tom’s relationships revolve around the power he gains from his socioeconomic
He’s a member of Calpurnia’s church, and Cal knows his family well. She says they’re clean-living folks.” (Lee, 100). Even though Atticus knows he will most likely lose from a white man’s word against a black’s, he still gives this case his undivided attention. Atticus defended Tom to the last moment when he is eventually taken away to prison.
All slaves there were treated badly. They were beaten if their work didn’t satisfy the master. Although the master Legree believed in Christianity, he had the bad understanding of it. In the novel, some plantation master use specific doctrine to regulate the slaves and make slavery legal and comply with Christianity. Legree was one of them.
This gives the reader the interpretation that Tom doesn 't believe the Bible support slavery, because if it did he wouldn 't be so a Christian. Stowe uses pathos in this excerpt, especially when she makes the point that Tom 's owner knows Tom will come back. Not only does it make the readers realize that Tom is very loyal, it also shows how much power slave owners had over the slaves. The idea that Tom 's slaveowner trusts that this boy, Tom, will come back even when he has the chance to run away shows the amount of power the slaveowner has over Tom. Although Eastman writes about religion throughout her novel, she also uses the Bible to justify slavery: "A writer on Slavery has no difficulty in tracing back its origin.