The Great Gatsby: Gatsby vs. Tom

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby have many things in common. They both seem to love Daisy, they are both very wealthy men, they both lie, and both cheat. But Fitzgerald does not see both men as equally corrupt. Tom has no reasoning in his actions, he is just purely malicious. Gatsby's actions however, are all for the only thing he truly wants in life but can never have, Daisy. He honestly believes that by becoming rich he'll get Daisy, which is far from the case. Tom hurts other people on his power trips and doesn't give a second thought about it. He could have prevented both Gatsby and Wilson's deaths, but chose not to. It seems like he has no conscience, and is extremely proud of it. The difference with Gatsby though is that he truly seems to be good at heart. He never intentionally hurts anybody and seems to care for everyone's well being. Really the only "bad  thing he does is become a bootlegger in order to acquire his wealth. These two characters also symbolize the corruption of the American Dream in the novel. Both Tom and Gatsby's dreams have been clouded due to the manner in which they tried to achieve them. Which resulted from t... Continue Reading