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F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby takes place in America in the 1920s It is a time of economic prosperity but also a time of moral decline Criminals are getting rich from bootlegging alcohol selling street drugs and gamblingeven to the point of fixing the popular World Series They are part of the newly emerged wealthy people of West Egg with Gatsby being one of them However as immoral and awful those people may be there is another class of people that are worsethe established high upper class of East Egg Tom and Daisy are part of that class that is irresponsible careless ignorant and highly immoral They dont value the feelings or lives of others and recede back to the protection of their money when theyve made a mess of things Nick sums it up perfectly when he yells out to Gatsby Theyre a rotten crowd Youre worth the whole damn bunch put together 162 Tom Buchanans bad character is established when he is introduced for the first time He has a hard mouth arrogant eyes a supercilious manner and seems to always lean aggressively forward 11 Nick even feels that Tom would say something extremely condescending when he sees him on his front porch Now dont think my opinion on these matters is final just because Im stronger and more of a man than you are 11 Whether the description of Tom is an extreme exaggeration or not the first impression of Tom is that of an arrogant ignorant condescending antagonist In addition he is very racist and sexist thinking that white people and men describing himself are superior to everything else Being a man with a superiority complex because of his wealth he makes comments such as Civilizations going to pieces Its up to us who are the dominant race to watch out or these other races will have control of things 17 and Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life
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