Tom Buchanan's Dream

Great Gatsby project

Tom's dream was to mantain his social status and wealth.

"You see," cried Catherine triumphantly. She lowered her voice again, "it's really his wife that's keeping them apart. She's catholic and they don't believe in divorce." Daisy was not a catholic, and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie." (33)
This quote shows how Tom cares so much about maintaining his social status and dignity that he lies. He told people that Daisy was catholic and didn't believe in divorce even though she wasn't, to make his affair with Myrtle not look bad on his part.
"Flushed with his impassioned gibberish, he saw himself standing alone on the last barrior of civilization." (130)
Tom was very full of himself. He felt like he was the only person who could save civilization. Tom did anything possible to make himself look better than everyone and maintain his social status and wealth.
"...the following Saturday night he came with her to Gatsby's party." (104)
Tom started getting very jealous and suspicious of Gatsby, so to get Daisy to not talk to Tom he went to the party with her. Tom always had a way of getting what he wanted and he wasn't going to let anybody take something from him or get their way.

Tom's dream cost him his relationship with Daisy and their daughter.

"Tom was feeling the hot whips of panic. His wife and his mistress, until an hour ago secure and inviolate, were slipping precipitately from his control." (125)
In quote it shows how Tom thought he could never lose anything, but when he realizes that actions may have caused him to maybe lose the people in his life he freaks out.
"Of course it matters. I'm going to take better care of you from now on." (131)