Examples Of Superciliousness In The Great Gatsby

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Superciliousness Supercilious is defined as behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others. Tom Buchanan thinks he is superior throughout the course of The Great Gatsby, by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald. In this book the author uses Tom as a symbol of wealth, he has riches, power, and a high status. In the novel, Tom exhibits the effects of his supercilious manner through Daisy, Myrtle, and Gatsby. Through his negative actions Tom he affected all three. Because of Tom’s supercilious manner, Daisy Buchanan (Tom’s wife) thinks she has to listen to Tom and do whatever he may ask her to do. First of all, he knows that she will always listen to him no matter what the situation is. When it says, “After an infinitesimal hesitation…show more content…
Myrtle Wilson is ashamed of her social position in life because she is poor. First off, when she is with Tom, (which is wrong in the first place) she is lifted of her under-class blemishes, even though Tom has abused her. When Tom and Nick go into town to the apartment party, Nick states, “Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand”(37). It is never okay no matter what situation a person is in to hit a woman. Tom is so arrogant that he thinks he can do whatever he wants. Additionally, after Gatsby had struck Myrtle with his big yellow car, Tom see’s Myrtle’s dead body for the first time, but Tom doesn’t stay around for long. Nick narrates, “There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind, and as we drove away Tom was feeling the hot whips of panic”(125). Again, Tom is visually stressed on the inside and out because Myrtle is dead. Also his abusive actions, and leaving the death scene without caring is wrong. His arrogance was way out of it’s…show more content…
Daisy, by telling her what to do and her being almost afraid to do anything that Tom did not want her to do, and Myrtle, by abusing her and not caring when she passed away, and last but not least Gatsby by trying to make him jealous. The superciliousness of Tom in this book was an example of the 1920’s because it was an era of economic boom, wealth, and riches. Works Cited F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, New York; Scribner,1925,
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