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I need to Compare and Contrast Gatsby and Tom from The Great Gatsby.

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If there is an antagonist or a villain in the novel, it is Tom. He is racist and he generally mistreats everyone he comes into contact with. Tom loves Daisy but he treats her more like a possession than a partner. He is having an affair with Myrtle. During an apartment party with Nick and Myrtle's friends, Tom breaks Myrtle's nose for having mentioned Daisy's name. Tom is also condescending to George, Myrtle's husband. Tom also seizes the opportunity to implicate Gatsby in Myrtle's death, thereby indirectly leading to Gatsby's and (more indirectly) to George's deaths. Tom comes from money and is proud of his heritage.

Gatsby comes from a poor family and has made it his life's work to achieve money and success, to distance himself from his heritage. This is one of the many ways he is different from Tom, who came from money. While Tom is the villain of the novel, Gatsby (and to some extent, Nick) is the hero.

One thing Gatsby and Tom have in common is their infatuation with money. Gatsby got a...

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