Thomas Buchanan The Great Gatsby

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The romance-tragedy novel, The Great Gatsby, by F.Scott Fitzgerald, presents the main character, Jay Gatsby, as a villain; Jay desires the destruction of Thomas Buchanan. Thomas Buchanan “Tom”, better known as a rich large polo player that lives in East Egg, Long Island. In search of fulfillment of his needs, he cheats on his wife, Daisy, multiple times, and faces the consequences later on when Daisy finds refuge at Gatsby’s house and decides to separate herself from Tom. In this story Thomas has a mistress, Myrtle Wilson, who ultimately finds her unexpected death attempting to escape from George Wilson, her husband. Tom is a part of the coterie, which is better known as ‘Old Money’, because he has inherited it all from his hard working ancestors.…show more content…
Tom had seen as any of the ‘New Money’ people that began to settle in West Egg as bootleggers, “…A lot of these newly rich people are just big bootleggers, you know.” But Tom put that into assumption, prior to that comment he states that Jay is a ‘big bootlegger’, “Who is this Gatsby anyhow? Some big bootlegger?” Tom begins to investigate on such an assumption, and one of his friends, Walter Chase, is a former employee at one of Gatsby’s bootlegging operations in New Jersey. Walter told about the small programs that Jay Gatsby and his partner Meyer Wolfsheim had been running, Tom unveils the whole secret to Daisy, Nick and Jordan while they are at the Plaza Hotel, "I found out what your 'drug stores' were." He turned to us and spoke rapidly. "He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That's one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him and I wasn't far wrong." . After that statement, Tom describes that Jay had also left poor Walter Chase in jail for over a month without posting his bail; "And you left him in the lurch, didn't you? You let him go to jail for a month over in New Jersey. God! You ought to hear Walter on the subject of you." , and accuses him that there was a much larger plot that Gatsby has planned but does…show more content…
It is straightforward that Gatsby is a villain for he has yet to commit any acts of heroism. What he does accomplish is his carelessness, his attempts to ‘conquer the unconquerable’ which ruins the lives of others and his own, and he shows his selfishness. In the book Gatsby is a person that has been blinded by his own greed. Since the beginning he shows his jealousy towards Tom, Tom having everything he has ever wanted: Daisy, friends, money, and love. The novel is not of a man who goes on a search towards love and freedom, but instead of a greedy man in attempt to steal the life of a

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