How does the hotel scene enhance the conflict between classes in chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby?

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Tom dismissively calls Gatsby "'Mr. Nobody from Nowhere,'" and he suggests that Gatsby is "'sneering at family life and family institutions'" by trying to break up his family. Family is important to most social groups; however, it was especially important financially to the old moneyed upper-class who inherited their fortunes rather than worked for them. When Tom references family institutions and life, he seems to be both snobbishly criticizing Gatsby for having no important family, no family that could leave him a fortune to inherit, as well as holding up his own family as the ideal kind. Gatsby is no one from nowhere, but Tom is a Buchanan, with a Yale education and a string of polo ponies and a white palace in East Egg. Tom suggests that Gatsby turns his "'house into a pigsty'" just to make friends; Tom, of course, doesn't have to do that. His class comes with friends; like mixes with like. He feels like Gatsby has no right to be anywhere near himself or his wife, and he makes it clear.

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At the Plaza Hotel, Gatsby and Tom Buchanan face off over Daisy. Tom does everything he can to press his class advantage over his rival. First, Tom, a Yale graduate, taunts Gatsby over allegedly being an "Oxford man," which Tom does not believe for a minute. When Gatsby explains that he was only there for five months as part of a World War I armistice opportunity that allowed some officers to study at Oxford, Nick's faith in Gatsby is restored. But upper crust Tom keeps on relentlessly pushing the "class warfare" theme, saying that if Gatsby can make love to Daisy, the next thing will be "intermarriage between black and white." Finally, he says that someone like Gatsby should not be allowed "within a mile" of Daisy unless he is delivering groceries to the back door like a servant. We've known from the beginning that Tom is a snob, but here he openly uses his conviction that Gatsby is lower class to try to separate Daisy and Gatsby. 

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