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NICK vs TOM There are numerous types of people in this world Apart from physical features it is the characteristics of a person that makes himher unique Nick Carraway the narrator of The Great Gatsby has characteristics which are the total opposite of those of Tom Buchanan his cousin-in-law In the novel the author F Scott Fitzgerald uses the comparison between two cousins to show how their differing characteristic reflects the themes of morality and reality versus illusion One of Nicks Characteristics which is incompatible of more with Toms is that Nick is careful when speaking On an occasion when Mr Gatz said something that Nick opposed with Nick still undecidedly agreed with him as to not hurt an old mans feelings as apparent by this quote If he lived he would have been a great man A man like James J Hill Hed of helped build up the country Thats true I said uncomfortably Pg 176 Tom who is at the other end of the spectrum hes careless about what he says he does not mind if he offends someone At one point he was rude when paying ten dollars to a dog retailer on the street Is it a boy or a girl she asked delicately That dog That dogs a boy Dog-retailer Its a bitch said Tom decisively Heres your money Go and buy ten more dogs with it Pg 32 This shows that Tom does not mind if he hurts the feelings of the person to whom he speaks with Nicks carefulness when speaking and Toms Carelessness reveals a lot about their morality It shows that Nicks morals are high he can not hurt an old man who had just lost his son whereas Toms morals are so low that he hurts a poor stranger walking down the street who is trying to make a living The carefulness of speaking shows the theme of morality
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