April 25, 2013
Contrast Gatsby and Tom
People should be defined by their beliefs, values, and interests which vary from experiences they have had in life. However, the main factor that defines how worthy a man is for Daisy is their wealth rather than their attributions. The plot of The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald is mainly revolved around Tom and Gatsby’s love for Daisy and the struggles that comes with it. Tom and Gatsby are both very different characters from the way they communicate with the other characters to the way they express their love for Daisy. Tom and Gatsby individually have different beliefs and values throughout the story; however, share one interest that unfortunately neither feels they are able to fully grasp. Throughout the story, Gatsby was symbolized by many different characteristics and factors which made us judge him on the type of person he was. Gatsby was known for throwing lavish parties and never being apart of them which made him very mysterious and this was appealing to Daisy. He was wealthy enough to throw these parties for the only purpose of entertaining others and would not enjoy them himself. He took these parties as the time to gain a social title and not actually allow people to get to see the real colors he tends to hide. Gatsby also had this imaginary life with Daisy he only dreamt of which made it difficult for her to live up to his expectations. This imaginary life would only linger and make it more difficult for Daisy; therefore, they never worked out. After seeing Daisy’s child with Tom, Nick says, “Gatsby and I in turn leaned down and took the small, reluctant hand. Afterward he kept looking at the child with surprise. I don't think he had ever really believed in its existence before.”(Fitzgerald 102). Gatsby had been so infatuated with Daisy the whole time that when he met her daughter it was a wake up call reminding him that she was married to Tom and that was their daughter....
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