How are men portrayed in the great gatsby? What standard of masculinity does the text reinforce or construct?

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The most macho man in The Great Gatsby is Tom.  He is a football stud and a bully and likes to impose his will on others.  He is also abusive, breaking Myrtle's nose with just a quick, reactive hit that takes little effort.  He also is filthy rich.

But he is judged and figuratively condemned by the narrator, Nick , repeatedly and often.  Thus, one could conclude that in the novel Tom's kind of man is...

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