Teacher In English Essay

686 WordsSep 20, 20113 Pages
In the novel “The Great Gatsby” there are few characters. I find this extremely positive due to the fact that readers can understand more deeply their thoughts and feelings. One of the five main characters is Tom Buchanan, which I find very interesting. To start with, Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband, is an extremely wealthy man who lives on West Egg. He studied on Yale, a privileged university in New Haven. In those days, Tom used to be very successful and popular. Therefore, he reached the peak, the climax, of his life at his early twenties. From that moment onwards, this man`s life meant nothing (anticlimax). He got everything he could possibly want and need. As one of the consequences of boredom, Tom moved from one place to another, just because it was “fashionable”. This gives a sense of restlessness as well. An example is shown on page 6: “why they came East I don`t know. They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully (…).but I felt that Tom would drift for ever, seeking, a little wistfully, for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game”. This quotation also shows that Tom was still seeking for the excitement he used to have in Yale, during the peak of his life. Secondly, one of Tom's important values is wealth. He is very rich and believes this makes him superior to other people (page &): “paternal contempt”, he feels no body is better than him. This is because these people have lower buying power or because they have another skin color. This makes him rather a snob. Mr. Buchanan is from old money and often refers to the newly rich, like Jay Gatsby, as “bootleggers", people who sold alcohol illegally during prohibition .Furthermore, he enjoys showing off his possessions (page 7):” I've got a nice place here (…). It belonged to Demaine, the oil man". Through this quotation, readers can

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