Tom Buchanan

*The Superiority Of One Man*

His Dream:

To replenish the feeling of superiority in his adulthood, as he once had as a young man.

Contibuting to the conflict

  • He spent his money without thought, "They had spent a year in France for no particular reason..." (Fitzgerald 6), which tells the audience that money is power in Tom's eyes.
  • He couldn't exactly pinpoint that feeling that he once had, "...Tom would drift on forever seeking a little wistfully, for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game." (Fitzgerald 6) even though he tried to.
  • As he lets Myrtle spend his money recklessly "Here's your money. Go and buy ten more dogs with it. " (Fitzgerald 28) he feels as if he controls some of the decisions by her.

The Bald Eagle

Why the eagle?

  • He gave off the appearance of a confident soul, "Two shining arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward." (Fitzgerald 7) which lead others to believe it to be true.
  • He spoke with great strength in his voice, "His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed." (Fitzgerald 7) to show that he was in charge of his household.
  • In the eyes of one of our most significant leaders in history stated that the Bald eagle symbolizes a 'bad moral character', and with Tom, "Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand" (Fitzgerald 37) his actions brought questions to his character, which lead someone to think that the moral of himself was unbalanced.

Character Traits Of Tom Buchanan

- He was extremely Confident and Bold in the things that he did, "The butler came and murmured something close to Tom's ear, whereupon Tom frowned, and pushed back in his chair, and without a word went inside." (Fitzgerald 14) letting others know that he did not care for their opinions, and that he would do as he pleased.
-He was confident in his race, and believed that himself and whites were above all, " The idea is if we don't look out the white race will be-will be utterly submerged." (Fitzgerald 13) showing his confident attitude.
-When having his interaction with Mr. Wilson, he boldly offered away Gatsby's car, "I'll let you have that car... I'll send it over tomorrow afternoon " (Fitzgerald 124) feeling no sense of care at all.


Why Black?

  • Black represents a color of elegance or class, "Her husband (Tom Buchanan),... His family were enormously wealthy.. and come East in a fashion that rather took your breath away." (Fitzgerald 6 ) showing us that Tom himself, was raised on the basis of class.
  • This is a symbolization of Power, "It was hard to realize that a man in my own generation was wealthy enough to do that" (Fitzgerald 13), and Tom had plenty of that to go around.
  • In the meaning of black being used to symbolize someones wealthy status, "... he'd brought down a string of polo ponies... and drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together. " (Fitzgerald 6) Tom would be known as a man of money.

The Price that was paid to accomplish his forever longing dream

  • His marriage was on the line because he felt the need to accompany two women, "...Tom's got some woman in New York..." (Fitzgerald 15) and flaunt them to the world, "
  • His reputation, "His acquaintances resented the fact that he turned up in popular restaurants with her (Myrtle) and, leaving her.. chatting with whomsoever he knew." (Fitzgerald 24) had no real respect to it. Most did not care for him as a moral person at all.
  • His money was easy flowing in, and even easier going out, "At the news stand she bought a copy of a... moving picture magazine, ... some old cream, and a small flask of perfume..." (Fitzgerald 27) because of how he effortlessly spent it on irrelevant things.

Works Cited

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY 10020: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Print.