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What are the differences between Tom Buchanann and Jay Gatsby in "The Great...

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yaibaba | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2008 at 12:15 PM via web

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What are the differences between Tom Buchanann and Jay Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby"?

Please show me some quotes from the book to prove that differences. Thank you

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted December 3, 2008 at 7:02 PM (Answer #1)

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There are quite a few differences between these two men.  First of all, although both men are extremely wealthy, Tom's money came from his family wealth while Jay Gatsby made his money on his own, though he did it illegally.  Tom also is characterized as a violent and prejudice person who does not see why anything should be any way but his own.  He looks down on people because of who they are or where they are from.  Meanwhile Gatsby's contrast is shown in how gentle he is toward Nick, Jordan, and especially Daisy and in the fact that he is business partners with a Jewish man -- Meyer Wolfsheim.  Finally, whereas Tom seems to be the one who is evil, it is actually Gatsby who is corrupt in business and who expects Daisy to leave her husband and child to be with him.

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