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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In The Great Gatbsy, what does Tom's behavior reveal about his character?

In The Great Gatsby, Tom's behavior reveals that he is a person of low character: someone who values status and power, someone who thinks of himself as superior to most others in most ways, someone who sees himself as so much smarter, better, and stronger that he can literally hit a woman in the face and steer Nick around by the elbow. In short, Tom's behavior reveals him to be a total jerk: selfish, superior, and utterly lacking in empathy.

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Throughout this classic American novel, Tom Buchanan's behavior reveals that his character is shallow, self-centered and unreliable. As the old saying goes, the eyes are the window to the soul, and Tom has "shining, arrogant eyes" as well as "a cruel body." Arrogance and cruelty are two great words for describing Tom's character.

Tom lives in the past rather than the present, with his glory days having taken place on the football field at college. Having been born with money, he is wealthy, influential and wants for nothing. In fact, Tom has access to so much money that making ludicrous purchases such as "a string of polo ponies" seem like a good idea to him. Since Tom has subconsciously decided that the best times of his life are behind him, he makes no real effort at anything in life.

He has mistresses, and makes no effort to bother to conceal his affairs from his wife, Daisy . This shows that he is a cruel man who not only gives in to the desires of the flesh, but couldn't care less if...

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