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Why does Tom insist that Daisy go home with Gatsby? What do you think this tells us...

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samba23 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 9, 2010 at 3:57 AM via web

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Why does Tom insist that Daisy go home with Gatsby? What do you think this tells us about Tom's character and his relationship with Daisy?

What indications are there at the end of the chapter that Tom and Daisy are going to stay together?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 9, 2010 at 4:51 AM (Answer #1)

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In the climactic Chapter 7 after Gatsby "plays his cards," thinking that he can get Daisy to deny having loved Tom and go with him, the argument in the New York hotel room takes another turn as Tom uncovers Gatsby's source of wealth:  he is a bootlegger.  As Gatsby attempts to defend himself, but only the "dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away."  Daisy loses her courage to stand up to Tom and Gatsby is defeated.

It is at this point that Tom, the cruel winner, tells Daisy to "start on home...In Mr. Gatsby's car."

She looked at Tom, alarmed now, but he insisted with magnanimous scorn.

'Go on.  He won't annoy you. I think he realizes that his presumptuous little firtation is over.'

In his victorious statement, Tom further insults both Gatsby and Daisy, making them go in the yellow car on a most uncomfortable ride.  Even in this scene the car is a "death car," for Daisy and Gatsby's infatuation has certainly been killed by Tom.  Nick narrates,

They were gone, without a sound, snapped out, made accidental, isolated like ghosts even from our pity.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 9, 2010 at 4:06 AM (Answer #2)

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I think that Tom does this because he is arrogant and self assured.  When he tells Daisy to go with Gatsby, he says that Gatsby knows that their "flirtation" is over.  So I think he is arrogantly rubbing Gatsby's face in the idea that Daisy is lost to him.

As far as the end of the chapter goes, Tom and Daisy are sitting together.  Nick says they do not look "intimate" but they do look like they are conspiring together.  To me, this implies that they are going to stay together.

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