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In todays society people use money in many different ways The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald portrays this very effectively In the novel Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby are both very wealthy men but they use their money for very different reasons The narrator Nick Carraway who we must trust because we take his perspective throughout the novel draws out the differences between these two men He also exposes what each of these characters represent in the novel Tom is the antagonist of the novel Pleasure motivates him and he lives his life with luxury and ease Gatsby on the other hand is the protagonist in the novel Even though he may be as rich as Tom he does not live in elegance for the same reason All Gatsby really wants is the love of his life Daisy Buchanan Knowing that fortune is the only way to win Daisy he spends his money just to attract Daisy Basically Tom is avaricious and he cares for no one but himself and in the story he represents the stereotypical pompous rich person whereas Gatsby represents the people who are dedicated in life to carry out one task and will go through any means possible to get itTom Buchanan is the primary antagonist in The Great Gatsby He inherits his fortune from his family and lives his whole life without working living in elegance and indulgence making him a spoiled man All of Toms actions are covetous and his feelings are all for himself He boasts in front of his guests about his possessions he says Ive got a nice place here with eyes flashing about restlessly Fitzgerald 7 and even gloats about his mistress making no attempt to keep his affair secret I want you to meet my girl Tom insists 24 He shows no concern for the consequences of his actions because all his life he hasnt had to worry about any consequences Tom shows
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