Arrogance Of Tom Buchanan In 'The Great Gatsby'

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Brooke Wells-Lee Mrs. Becky Fleming English Composition 2 19 April 2013 Tom Buchanan Analysis When you think of arrogance you probably think of someone who thinks they are better then everyone else and can control anyone or anything. In The Great Gatsby you will find that the Character Tom Buchanan will fit the roll. He is controlling, aggressive, and violent. Tom would be the husband of Daisy and they would live the wealthy life. Tom was apart of a wealthy family and wad known for his achievements “various physical accomplishments had one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Heaven” (6). He was not a man to mess with, for F. Scott Fitzgerald would point out he was “ a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking…show more content…
He had a presence about him that would make the whole mood harshen and change when Fitzgerald wrote, “Then there was a boom as Tom Buchanan shut the rear window and the caught wind dies from the room…two young women ballooned slowly to the floor”(8). This would represent the fact that the party was fun and lively, everyone was laughing and having a fun time and then when he walked in the room, not only did the women’s skirts not blow in the wind anymore and stiffened to the side, everyone’s mood would also stiffen. As the party went on Tom in his arrogant and aggressive charm would brag about his house wanting to show the whole house to everyone even when he approached Nick “his determination to have my company bordered on violence”(24). Even in the smallest of tasks Tom’s aggression came through rather he meant it or…show more content…
Especially when he had a conversation with Nick, he said, “If we don’t look out the white race—will be utterly submerged.” (13) Even his voice was “a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed” (7) Tom wasn’t afraid to speak his opinion, but when it came to himself, he would just ignore it and keep his chin up held high. Throughout the novel it would appear Tom was very hypocritical as well. When he found out about Daisy and Gatsby’s romance, he could not handle his temper and would blow up on the both of them stating, “I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that’s the idea you can count me out…Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life institutions, and next they’ll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white” (130). Even though Tom himself was having an affair with Myrtle, he belittled his wife for falling for another man telling her that her actions would ruin a family, when in fact he was doing the same thing, but he was not in control of the situation also flaring his

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