Bad Guys Finish First

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Valentin, Alexander
Period:6 2/26/13 Bad Guys Finish First

Tom being the leading antagonist in the Great Gatsby is depicted as being abnocshusly arrogant. It is such a large character trait for him that Fitzgerald introduces Tom into the novel as having “two shining arrogant eyes (that) had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward”(Pg.7). If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and looks like a duck it’s probably a duck. With the mere description of Tom’s appearance the reader can understand that Tom radiates arrogance. However this is all do to the fact that he has past his prime back in his 20’s and is always searching for something since. His unconditional arrogance is also seen when he is mocking the husband of his mistress saying that “he’s so dumb he doesn’t know he is alive”(Pg.26). This is terribly offensive to the poor man that is getting cheated on. Tom truly believes that because of his status, wealth, and size he is a better man than Wilson. Breaking the sanctity of marriage is one of the worst things someone can do to their spouse or husband it is a total breach of trust and all the years that the couple has been faithful to each other. Tom’s arrogance gives him the mentality that the whole world revolves around him. This can be seen when he makes the “assumption ( ) that on Sunday afternoon (Nick) had nothing better to do”(Pg.24) than meet Tom’s mistress. Tom rushes Nick off the train they are taking without even asking if he is free for the afternoon. Tom is a real peace of work but arrogance and acting like the world revolves around you unfortunately make it happen to some extent. Tom has it all the money, hot wife, status, big house and mistress

On top of Toms radiating...
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