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What was Tom Buchanan's job in The Great Gatsby?Tom has a very wealthy background and...

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southfan | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM via web

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What was Tom Buchanan's job in The Great Gatsby?

Tom has a very wealthy background and lives lavishly.

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM (Answer #1)

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Tom Buchanan belongs to the leisure class and doesn't have to work because he inherited a fortune. His chief interest and activity is playing polo. He owns "a string of polo ponies," something that became a stereotyped symbol of riches in novels and movies for years. When he finally condescends to attend one of Gatsby's wild parties, Gatsby takes malicious pleasure in introducing him  as "Tom Buchanan, the polo player." Tom doesn't like it because it makes him sound like a playboy and a loafer. If he had more to occupy his time he probably wouldn't be getting involved in illicit affairs with women like Myrtle Wilson, whose vulgarity reflects adversely on him. He and Daisy do a lot of traveling because they are easily bored. He has taken to reading books, but Nick describes his thoughts and interests contemptuously. Tom compares unfavorably with Gatsby, who is a self-made man.


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agentblank000 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM (Answer #2)

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Tom Buchanan is a broker and he is old money.


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