What are the similarities between Nick and Tom in "The Great Gatsby?"

What are the similarities between Nick and Tom in "The Great Gatsby?"

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It's difficult to compare Nick and Tom because Nick comes to despise Tom as "foul dust," and this hatred and contempt permeates his depiction of Tom in the novel. Nick feels that morally and ethically speaking, he and Tom have nothing in common.

Despite this, however, the two do have much in common. Tom is vastly richer than Nick—something Nick likes to point out—but they both come from the same social class. They both went to Yale together, and Tom's wife Daisy happens to be Nick's cousin. They run in the same social circles—for example, Tom and Daisy, as the novel opens, have heard rumors through mutual friends that Nick is engaged to be married.

Nick shares some of Tom's snobbery toward Gatsby , though Nick is able to transcend it and comes to deeply admire Gatsby for his capacity to dream big. However, he, like Tom, notices Gatsby's social gaffes and shares his suspicion that Gatsby could not possibly be an "Oxford man." Nick wants to laugh at Gatsby for such mistakes as saying he has...

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