Gatsby vs. Tom Buchannon

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Tom vs. Gatsby
In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby there are two characters that seem to be living the American dream but living it in the wrong way. These two characters are Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchannan. They have many differences but are a little similar. These two men are what was believed to be the American dream. Their money , cars, houses, and expensive clothes may say that but their lives are not. Tom is a mean man who nobody likes and Gatsby never gets his true love, Daisy.

Jay Gatsby is a character who is a little sketchy at the beginning. No one really knows who he is, they just know that he is freakishly rich and throws huge elegant party’s that you want to be invited to. As the story goes on he starts to get more sketchy because you’re really not sure if he is lying or not about the war medals or how he’s made so much of his life. But then he just turns into a love sick young man who was not being himself to get a girl. Gatsby is a kind hearted man who always cares about peoples wellbeing but just makes a few bad decisions to try and get the woman he loves. Tom Buchannan on the other hand is a cold hearted man who might have a lot of money and a nice wife but doesn’t understand the American dream. He expects respect that he doesn’t deserve and cheats on his wife. But when he suspects that she is cheating on him he confronts her with rage ‘I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that's the idea you can count me out” (Chapter 7 The Great Gatsby). Tom is a rude man who almost seems happy that he doesn’t care about anyone or try to help anyone. He could have saved Gatsby and Wilson from their deaths but just decided that he didn’t want to and that he didn’t care.

These two characters make morally wrong decisions in this book. Gatsby lies about who he is and how he became who he is and Tom cheats on his wife and is a very rude person who seems like he doesn’t have a conscience. They both...
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