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What is ironic about Tom saying that he has second sight inThe Great Gatsby?

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Posted October 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM via web

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What is ironic about Tom saying that he has second sight inThe Great Gatsby?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 18, 2013 at 5:30 PM (Answer #1)

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The moment that Tom Buchanan says that he has "almost a second sight" is right after he starts to put it together that there is something between Jay Gatsby and his wife Daisy Buchanan. A second sight implies ability to see future events. This has been going on for some time now. Nick had earlier mentioned in the scene how Daisy's voice was "indiscreet", the descriptions of what is happening make it all seem so obvious that there is something between them. Tom has just now figured this out. It reflects upon Tom's nature of thinking he is so clever. He believes that he is clever with his womanizing as well, but he makes it so obvious. He also follows up with beginning to argue science but stops. The concept of "second sight" and science do not fit.

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