Essay title: The Great Gatsby – Comparison of Gatsby and Tom Buchanan
The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby, a wonderful novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about a man by thename of Jay Gatsby, and Jayâ€™s dream is that through wealth and power, one can acquirehappiness. To get to this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream.In the past, Jay had a love affair with the affluent Daisy, knowing he could not marry herbecause he was poor at the time he left her and went to fight in the war. But once he hadbecame rich five years later, he hunted her down and moved close to her, and her newhusband Tom Buchanan.Overall, Tom Buchanan and Mr.
Gatsby are completely two different types of men,in my opinion. Although there are limited examples of how they are similar. Both of themen had a fondness for Nick Carraway, cousin to Daisy and neighbor to Gatsby. â€? â€œ Thisis just a friendâ€¦â€ â€? (page 71.) Gatsby explains to Meyer Wolfsheim about young NickCarraway.
â€? â€œ When I said you were a particular friend of Tomâ€™s, he started to abandonthe whole idea. â€œ â€? (page 80.) Jordan Baker told Nick about her conversation with Mr.Gatsby one evening. Gatsby loved Daisy so much more than Tom had, but Tom stillconfessed his love for Daisy. â€? â€œ And whats more, I love Daisy too. â€œ â€? (page 132.
) Tomtried to defend himself as Gatsby accused him of not treating his wife right, and statingthat Daisy had never loved Tom. â€? â€œâ€¦Well, there I was, â€?way of my ambitions, gettingdeeper in love every minute, and all of a sudden I didnâ€™t care. â€œ â€? (page 150.) Tom triedto explain to Nick of his love for Daisy. Also, one more similarity between Tom and Mr.
Gatsby, is the fact that they both had won over Daisyâ€™s love. Daisy had loved them both.â€? â€œ I did love him once – but I loved you too.â€ â€? (page 133.
) As Daisy had to explain herlove for her husband Tom, and her love for Mr. Gatsby, in front of Nick, Jordan, Tom,and Gatsby.There were many differences between Tom and Gatsby.
First off, Tom lived inEast egg, the more wealthier part, while Gatsby had lived in West egg, where peoplehadnâ€™t inherited all their money, but mostly earned it through illegal matters. â€œ I lived atWest egg, the – well, the less fashionable of the twoâ€¦the one on my right was a colossalaffair by any standardâ€¦It was Gatsbyâ€™s mansion. â€œ (page 5.) â€œ Across the courtesy baythe white palaces of fashionable East egg glittered along the water, and the history ofthe summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom