He replies with “I did, old sport, [...] but I lost most of it in the big panic – the panic of the war" (Ch 5). He lies about his background in order to help formulate a character in which Daisy can have a relationship with, which in this case is a man with “old money.” Furthermore, Tom is an ideal representative of the issue that is deceit. He takes part in an issue that is very common in today’s society, adultery. His affair becomes apparent in chapter 2 when Nick states that he “met Tom Buchanan’s mistress” (Ch 2). This is a grand form of deception, as he is married to Daisy but is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson, another married woman.
Tom talks about a book that clarifies "The Rise of the Coloured Empire," which is about how other empires will rise and dominate the white race. Tom and Daisy get defensive on the matter. Tom Buchanan, the so-called husband of Daisy, a wealthy man and a friend/relative of Nick by marriage, is a very arrogant man with few moral values, a devotee of white superiority, with a personality who looks down on people of lesser superiority to him in the terms against of different races. An abusive dominant partner to Daisy, he mistreats her by breaking her nose. Today, racism is still a major issue that occurs throughout the remote corners of the world.
I recall one day while waiting for my mom to arrive from work a white man dropping her off in a large truck infront of our apartment. My mother stepped out of the truck and waved bye to the man. “Ese era el Jerry, es el del rancho” she told me. During my school vacations, I would go to work with my mother. She did not want me staying home because she feared I would get into some trouble.
Citizens sacrifice relationships to obtain these materialistic objects and it shows how morbid an average lifestyle has become; especially after the twenties. “The Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald simulates these materialistic habits. To summarize the book, Nick, the narrator, moves to East Egg near New York City and is neighbors with Gatsby. He (Nick) gets caught up in the drama between Myrtle Wilson, Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan and Gatsby. Gatsby is madly in love with Daisy and spends his abbreviated life in a desperate act to get her to leave Tom and be with him.
George, on the other hand, is a passionate and faithful husband to Myrtle and is crushed to learn that she was cheating on him so much so that he assassinates Gatsby whom he thinks was cheating with myrtle and murdered to get rid of the evidence of his adultery. Tom Buchanan is an arrogant, controlling man, who does what he wants not considering about how his actions influence those around him. Tom is also the earliest person to use physical violence in the book, striking Myrtle in a fit of rage when she would not stop shouting Daisy 's name. "Some time toward midnight Tom Buchanan and Mrs. Wilson stood face to face discussing, in impassioned voices, whether Mrs. Wilson had any right to mention Daisy 's name."Daisy! Daisy!
“Then wear that gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry “Lover, gold-hatted, high bouncing lover, I must have you” (title page). Throughout the novel, the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald presents Tom Buchanan as a very controlling person who believes he is entitled to many things because of his wealth. Similar to the quote, Tom’s constant need for wealth and power leads to a need and want for everything in sight. If a reader were to read this book through the Marxist lens, they would see an obvious struggle between the powerful and powerless and how that directly coincides with how much money the person with power has. The main character with power and wealth in the novel is Tom Buchanan, and he uses his control to gain power over others.
Obsession can develop in many ways, whether it is a love interest, a dream job, obsession can form for many reasons. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, he explores society’s infatuation with the American Dream of obtaining wealth and the consequences of that dream. Fitzgerald’s novel tells the story of Nick Carraway, the narrator, who moves to the wealthy neighborhood of West Egg. Nick becomes curious about Gatsby, his neighbor, and learns that Gatsby is pursuing Daisy, the wife of Tom Buchanan. This leads to a rivalry between Tom, an old college friend from Yale, and Gatsby where Fitzgerald warns of the consequences of obsession with a dream through the power struggle between the two characters.
Authors often integrate symbols and motifs to their writing to foreshadow later events. In one of the most famous pieces of American literature, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald drops hints to forecast terrible outcomes. The novel occurs during the roaring twenties and accentuates the wild and extravagant lifestyle of Long Island’s enclaves. In between East and West Egg’s opulence, there is the Valley of Ashes, a dark, grey wasteland. Even though their opulent lifestyle seems magnificent, one couple, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, faces marriage troubles because of their loss of love.
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrays the themes of love, lust and obsession, through the character of Jay Gatsby, who confuses lust and obsession with love. The character of Jay Gatsby was a wealthy business man, who the author developed as arrogant and tasteless. Gatsby 's love interest, Daisy Buchanan, was a subdued socialite who was married to the dim witted Tom Buchanan. She is the perfect example of how women of her level of society were supposed to act in her day. The circumstances surrounding Gatsby and Daisy 's relationship kept them eternally apart.
As the novel progresses, Nick becomes friends with a man named Gatsby, who is viewed as a mysterious figure to outsiders. Nick finds out his second cousin once removed, Daisy was once in love with Gatsby. Unfortunately for Gatsby, Daisy was more focused on money and the social power, so when he went to war, she did not wait for him, and instead married Tom Buchanan who had lots of “old” money. This shows the moral decay of society because Daisy left a man she loved (Gatsby) because she could not wait for him and he did not have the money. The name Daisy itself shows moral decay because in the novel the color yellow symbolizes moral decay.