The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tom's Characterization

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In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald a man named Nick Caraway moved to west egg outside of NYC to work in stocks and bonds. While he is there he meets a man named Gatsby who is his neighbor the he also meets a man named Tom who is living in an illusion in east egg and then going to NYC with his mistress and takes her from her reality while leaving his wife at home. The elitist mentality of Tom makes him think that it is ok to cheat on his wife and have someone else cheat on their husband so he can live the way he wants to. One literary device shown in the book is the symbolism of T.J. Eckleburgs sign in the valley of ashes acting as the “eyes of god”. An example of this would be is when Nick, Jordan, and Tom are riding to NYC in Gatsby’s car and they stop to fill it up and Nick sees the sign and feels like someone is watching him. This symbolizes the “eyes of god” because it watches over the valley and sees all the bad that happens. Another example of this is when Daisy runs over Myrtle Toms mistress in Gatsby’s car the sign is watching as Myrtle gets hit. T.J. Eckleburgs sign was like God watching over the valley of ashes and seen all the bad stuff going on like when Tom would come to pick up Myrtle and take her to his second illusion in NYC.

The characterization of Tom in the novel helps the reader understand his elitist mentality of him. For example when Daisy says “you always look so cool” to Gatsby he gets mad at Daisy and also hypocritical of her. The reason this shows his elitist mentality is he can cheat on Daisy all he wants but if she does it is not ok. Another example of Tom’s elitist mentality is when tom breaks Myrtles nose at the party and does not care about it. The reason he does not care about it and shows his elitist mentality is because he thinks of her as his lesser and not his equal. The characterization of Tom in the Great Gatsby shows that the men of that time thought it was okay to cheat on their wives but it was not...
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