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Why does Tom break Myrtle's nose?

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lynnetta217 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 28, 2009 at 10:20 PM via web

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Why does Tom break Myrtle's nose?

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 1, 2009 at 4:24 AM (Answer #1)

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Tom breaks Myrtle's nose because he told her to stop talking about Daisy, his wife. When Myrtle continues to say her name, Tom backhands her, breaking her nose. This shows that Tom has a short temper and also that he basically has no real love for either woman, Daisy or Myrtle. Although he never hits Daisy in the book, one can assume that he is probably verbally abusive. The fact that he is having the affair with Myrtle shows his intense dishonesty and egotism.

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udonbutterfly | TA , College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted August 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM (Answer #2)

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Tom, in my eyes, has always come off as this controlling guy without much hold on his anger. The reason Tom broke Myrtles nose is because she would not stop talking about about his wife even though he warned her to stop talking about her. I guess either he was feeling guilty and felt like the only way for her to officially shut up was to literally shut her up or he just didn't want the thought of his wife to pull his mood down. I am going to bank with the first explanation.

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