Nick Carraway, the narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, uses his descriptions of Tom Buchanan to reveal his opinions of Tom's personality and status. Nick's tone and word choice imply that Nick feels a combination of envy, resentment, and fear when it comes to dealing with Tom Buchanan.
Nick employs a slightly snarky, rude tone when he describes Tom Buchanan, which exposes his jealousy of Tom's wealth and the seeming ease that characterizes Tom's way of being in the world. By describing Tom as a type who peaks at an early age, Nick demonstrates that he, on some level, would have liked to have experienced such "excellence" himself.
Nick also describes Tom as "Tom Buchanan of Chicago," a title that suggests Tom is a man of importance and social reputation. Chicago is a large city, so if Tom is actually recognizable to others who know the city, then it must be true that Tom enjoys a measure of privilege thanks to his family name. Nick comes from no particular family background....
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