Essay title: The Great Gatsby
The characters of this novel are filled with vain personalities and are involved in many unhealthy relationships. Tom Buchanan is an arrogant and self-centered character with extreme power. His personality could be described in many ways, but according to Nick “It was a body capable of enormous leverage- a cruel body” (7). Tom is a graduate from Yale and is married to Daisy, Nick’s cousin from Louisville, Kentucky, who is known for her charming appearance, wealth and social popularity. Through out Tom and Daisy’s relationship, Tom acts possessive and dominant over her and at times treats her almost as if she were an object. Not only does Tom have an affair with Myrtle, a women from New York, but on top of that he hypocritically gets frustrated when suspecting an affair between his wife, Daisy, and Gatsby. While their child and money keep them together, Daisy and Tom both attempt to create an easy way out of their arguments and fights by trying to isolate them selves from each other in two completely different worlds.
Daisy tends to leave her conflicts untouched because she believes that ignorance is bliss; and behaves superficially to cover the pain from her husbands disloyalty, while Tom Buchanan uses Myrtle to create his own little world and to get away from his normal life once in a while. Unlike Daisy, Myrtle is not as wealthy or socially popular and Tom’s egotism takes advantage of her weaknesses. Tom feels that he is better than Myrtle and more powerful than her in every aspect due to his higher wealth and status in the society. On the side, Daisy is certainly aware of Tom’s affair with Myrtle, but she does not try to put an end to it, she just puts on a phony smile and pretends that everything is perfect.
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Daisy even hopes for her little girl to be unaware of all the problems she may have to face in the future because according to her, “ That‘s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool ” (17). Because ofDaisy’s and Tom’s incompetent morals and carelessness, more conflicts appear and all are left for someone else to take care of. The major conflicts of this complex society start when Tom gets aggravated as a result of Gatsby’s noticeable affection toward Daisy at the luncheon at Tom’s own house. Although Tom himself is involved in an affair, he becomes tremendously outraged by the thought of his wife being unfaithful towards him. At this point, reality strikes him as he finds out how it feels to have your spouse fall in love with another person.
As the suspicion of Daisy’s and Gatsby’s affair keeps on growing, Tom’s temper increases and becomes uncontrollable. Both men believe that they deserve the love ofDaisy, and without hesitation they begin to put words into her mouth without letting her think through her own feelings. Trying to defend.