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Why did Daisy choose Tom in the endIn the novel The Great Gatsby Daisy Buchanan was faced with an enormous decisionShe had to choose between Tom her husband and Jay Gatsby her lover Gatsby seemedto be the ideal man of his time Fabulously wealthy handsome charismatic andintriguing he seemed to be able to offer everything a woman could want All he wantedin return was Daisys complete unconditional love Tom on the other hand could offerDaisy money security and freedom Ultimately Daisy chose the latterThe roaring 20s was an era of total decadence The first World War had ended and industry was booming People were becoming millionaires overnight There seemed to be no end in sight to the prosperity Although people were becoming rich quickly old money provided more privilege than new moneyTom Buchanan came from old money He was a Westerner who was renowned in college for both his football skills and his supremely decadent lifestyle The narrator states His family were enormously wealthy even in college his freedom with money was a matter for reproach-but now hed left Chicago and come East in a fashion that rather took your breath away for instance he brought down a string of polo ponies from Lake Forest Daisy chose to marry Tom because of his wealth and power Fitzgerald writes There was a wholesome bulkiness about his person and his position and Daisy was flattered He could offer Daisy prestige in addition to all the old money one could dream of Gatsby had made his money by illegal means He was a nobody from nowhere and although he was rich beyond belief he was one of the hundreds of nouveau riche who lacked the cache of the old money set Although Gatsby could offer Daisy romance love excitement and intrigue her need for security freedom and money made her eventually choose TomIn terms of security Tom could offer much more than Gatsby Toms old money
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