Why Does Gatsby Object To Letting Tom Drive His Car
Why does Gatsby object to letting Tom drive his car in chapter 7 of The Great Gatbsy?
Gatsby does not want Tom to drive his car because he does not care for Tom, and he is in love with his wife.
After the lunch with Jordan, Daisy, Gatsby, Tom and Nick, a trip to town is proposed. When Tom suggests that he drive Gatsby’s car, Gatsby finds the suggestion “distasteful.” He suggested his car, but there is no reason for Tom to drive it.
Tom’s suggestion to drive the car is presumptuous. Gatsby does not approve of Tom, and the car is symbolic to Gatbsy. Throughout the novel, cars are flashy and luxurious. Gatsby’s has green leather! Such a status symbol did not belong in the hands of one such as Tom.
Most men do not want others to drive their car, because for a man a car is more than a vehicle. It is an outward representation of masculinity. Tom is tentative and drives the car jerkily. Tom is pretty incredulous about Gatsby, and it’s clear he does not like him. It’s only natural that Gatsby does not want him to drive his car. Tom disparages Gatsby’s car, calling it a “circus wagon.” Tom’s suspicions are warranted.
She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw. He was astounded. His mouth opened a little, and he looked at Gatsby, and then back at Daisy as if he had just recognized her as some one he knew a long time ago. (Ch. 7)
Tom’s reaction to Gatsby is to be expected. He is worried that his wife and Gatsby are too friendly, and he is trying to impugn Gatsby’s manhood by driving his car.
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