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Nick Carraway the narrator of F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby assigns certain types of images and descriptive words to Tom Daisy and Jordan and continues to elaborate on these illustration throughout the first chapter Nick uses contrasting approaches to arrive at these character sketches Tom is described by his physical attributes Daisy through her mannerisms and speech and Jordan is a character primarily defined by the gossip of her fellow personages Each approach however ends in similar conclusions as each character develops certain distinguishing qualities even by the end of the first chapter Lastly the voices of the characters also helped to project truly palpable personalities Tom Buchanan is repeatedly depicted by words referring to his hulking and massive frame producing a vivid image of sheer arrogance and power Before Tom is even introduced his expansive house is seen an ostentatious mansion fit for a postcard Tom later remarks matter-of-factly Ive got a nice place here 12 Nicks first actual encounter with Tom is a paragraph saturated with words of strength and authority sturdy supercilious enormous and aggressive to name a few Toms physical body is described as cruel and this describes more than just his body but his demeanor as well His voice a gruff husky tenor 11 added to his rough image Every one of his actions is completed with unnecessary force Tom has the tendency to manhandle Nick manipulating nearly all of his movements wedging his tense arm imperatively under mine Tom Buchanan compelled me from the room as though he were moving a checker to another square 16 The action verbs Fitzgerald employs convey Toms brutish force Charles Scribner III could not have been more correct when he said I would know Tom Buchanan if I met him on the street and would avoid him 199 Daisys actions and words contrast greatly with her husband Tom and his grave nature Her impression on the reader is frivolous with her
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