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I have an essay due soon. I basically have to write about Tom from the Great Gatsby. What do i need to know about him?  Give me as much information as possible, and your thoughts on him. What is his role? Purpose? Maybe a bit of context (his past)? All help is appreciated.

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Tom Buchanan is important, as his marriage of Daisy and his actions following his marriage leads Daisy begin an affair with Gatsby. I'll be honest, I hated his guts from the beginning, but that is mostly because of what that writer/narrator wants us to feel too. 

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Here r sum of de notes i made in class that might answr ur q

Basic personality

  • Violent
  • A "has been"
  • Rich (old money)
  • His abusive relationship and affairs and his marriage leads to result of plot.


- Tom and Nick

  • Friends
  • Both live in the "eggs"

- Tom and Daisy

  • Married couple
  • Tom has had multiple affairs
  • Abusive relationship
  • Child that neither cares for

- Tom and Myrtle

  • Affair
  • Also violent


Enjoy and gl 4 ur essay

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There are some really useful websites that you can use, like clilffnotes, sparknotes, shmoop, litcharts, prepscholar etc. If you dont have the time, I can summarise a little bit. 

Here is a summary of sparknotes character analysis of Tom Buchanan

  • Physically built ("cruel body")
    • Due to being a college athlete
    • Echoed by his mental inflexibility
  • Brutal personality
  • He peaked very early in life (shown by him attempting to recapture his youth)
    • Causes him to always feel victimized
    • Always wants to feel in control

If you want there are many more websites with slitghlty different content. They might help.

I'll link it below

  • https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gatsby/character/tom-buchanan/
  • https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gatsby/quotes/character/tom-buchanan/
  • https://blog.prepscholar.com/tom-buchanan-great-gatsby-character-analysis-quotes
  • https://study.com/academy/lesson/tom-buchanan-in-the-great-gatsby-character-analysis-quotes.html
  • https://www.shmoop.com/great-gatsby/tom-buchanan.html
  • https://www.bartleby.com/essay/Character-Analysis-of-Tom-Buchanan-in-the-F3CTD723TC
  • https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/g/the-great-gatsby/character-list
  • https://www.enotes.com/topics/great-gatsby/characters/tom-buchanan
  • https://www.yorknotes.com/alevel/english-literature/the-great-gatsby-2017/study/characters-themes/02000304_characters

Make do with this as you will

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