Both men have very different attitudes because of their money, mostly. To be more precise, the way they got their money reflects on their attitudes. Tom is very crude, yet Gatsby is more refined. Tom is crude because he was born into ‘old money’, which means the money has been in his family for generations and was passed to him. He has somewhat of a lack of appreciation for some of his possessions and things in his life gained by wealth, i.e. Daisy, that Gatsby truly does appreciate because he worked for his wealth. However, on the other hand, since Gatsby’s “parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people” his rise to fame and fortune marks him as “new money” because of the work, blood, and sweat that went into obtaining his fortune. Another way they differ is because Tom is very overpowering. He was referred to as a ‘brute’ by Daisy, yet Gatsby is more reserved and shy. Tom is also very racist and a huge bigot. This is obvious in the way he acts and the books he reads. Gatsby, however passes very little judgment on people. This is very apparent in the party guests he invites to his house. He always has a wide range of people at his house. Tom is a prime example of a selfish man. He has all this wealth and luxury but decides to use it to sleep around on Daisy with his mistress, Myrtle, He also uses it... [continues]
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