In and Gatsby are both wealthy, but

In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby seemopposite, but they are similar in many ways. They’re both wealthy, want Daisy, and are manipulative. But their ways of approaching these points differ.Tom and Gatsby are both wealthy, but they obtained their wealth in different ways. Tom’s family were already rich so he inherited the money, while Gatsby came from a poor family so he had to work for his money. “This family were enormously wealthy – even in college his freedom with money was a matter of reproach but now he’d left Chicago and came to the East in a fashion that rather took your breath away.” (Fitzgerald 6) Since Tom was born into money he never had to work a single day to earn any money, he has been rich his whole life, so he had no motivation to work hard and earn money himself, he relied on the wealth that his family already had earned. When Tom and Daisy got engaged Tom bought a super expensive present to celebrate them getting married in the near future. ” … The day before the wedding he gave her a string of  pearls valued at three hundred and fifty dollars” (Fitzgerald 75-76) Back in the 1920s three hundred and fifty thousand dollar translates to around four million today because of the century inflation this is one of the few so-called romantic gesture Tom has done in a long time back, he usually leaves Daisy alone at the mansion doing whatever she wants. On the other hand, while Tom inherited the wealth that his family already had Gatsby was not born rich, he had to work for his fortune like most people do. “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people – his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all” (Fitzgerald 98) Gatsby grew up poor so he never experienced the luxury of being rich and not having to work at all to achieve wealth. Gatsby always has always wanted to be rich and when he met Daisy he wanted to get wealthy even faster to impress her, thus resulted in him doing illegal activities. Tom found out about Gatsby’s illegal activities ” He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter that’s one of his stunts. I picked him up for a bootlegger and I wasn’t far wrong” He wanted to get wealth right away he did not want to follow the American Dream so he resorted to illegal activities to get money right away. Though they are both wealthy men how they acquired the money is different.Both Tom and Gatsby have a desire to have Daisy for themselves. To begin with Tom claims to love Daisy he continues to cheat on her ” Once in awhile I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself but I always come back and in my heart I love her all the time” (Fitzgerald?) Though saying that he loves Daisy Tom continues to cheat on Daisy. He does not care about having a loyal wife he got bored of only having one woman so he decides to have an affair with a woman from The Valley of Ashes. Tom feels like his “sprees” do not matter and affect Daisy as long he goes back to her. Tom abuses Daisy and even Myrtle: “We all looked the knuckles was black and blue ‘you did it Tom ” Tom knows he can get away with abusing Daisy because he knows she loves money, and that she won’t leave him because getting a divorce in the 1920’s was looked down on. Many women in the 1920s were seen more of a possession to guys who ever had the prettiest wife was highest in the society Tom views Daisy more as arm candy than a wife.  Everything that Gatsby had done was to get back together with Daisy. Gatsby puts Daisy on an unreachable pedestal that Daisy is even unable to reach. ” Daisy tumbled short of his own dream – not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything” (Fitzgerald 96) He had longed for her since he was at war he would always dream about her and how perfect his life would be if they were together. Since Daisy is wanted by multiple guys in Gatsby’s eyes that makes her more valuable. He failed to see that the Daisy he wants from five years ago is gone, she has changed from who she was five years ago. Gatsby wanted Daisy so badly he bought a house just to be somewhat near her “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would just be across the bay” (Fitzgerald ?) Gatsby is known for throwing huge extravagant parties every week at his house. Nearly everyone in New York City goes to his parties he is seen to be living in the moment enjoying his time before he gets old but in reality, the only reason he throws parties is that he hopes one day Daisy will wander into them. During all those parties all he can think about is if Daisy had come to the party he is asking everyone if they know Daisy. Gatsby thinks too highly of Daisy to the point where it is an obsession and Tom just values her as a possession and not a wife. Tom and Gatsby are both manipulative when it comes to getting things that they want. Tom is able to convince Myrtle and her family that they can not get married just yet and to wait for him. ” It’s really his wife keeping them apart she’s a Catholic and they don’t believe in divorces” (Fitzgerald?) Daisy is not Catholic she is not the slightly religious at all. Tom knows the Myrtle is in a bad financial position and how she loves money. Her husband George is making little to no money and Tom is bored of just having Daisy so they both benefit in the affair Myrtle gets money and other materialistic things while Tom gets his let off his sexual frustration. In the hotel where the argument between Gatsby and Tom he is trying to convince Daisy. “I never loved him she said with perceptible reluctance ‘not even at Kapiolani? Tom demanded suddenly’ there was a husky tenderness in his tone … Daisy?” (Fitzgerald 126) Daisy knows that their relationship was long done before they had this talk they only stayed together because they have a daughter and that divorce was looked down on. They do not want to tarnish their image so they stay together and act happy even though many people know that Tom is having an affair. Gatsby and Tom are in a battle to win Daisy they both use manipulative tendencies to try to coerce Daisy into saying things she does not mean. “Just tell him the truth – that you never loved him- and its wiped out forever… ‘ I never loved him’ said with perceptible reluctance” (Fitzgerald 132) He’s been pushing Daisy to say that she’s never loved Tom and if Daisy does not say this Gatsby’s dream life and everything he has worked so hard on will be for nothing he wanted her to say it so much he was borderline forcing her to say it even though she knows that she did once love Tom but possibly not any more. Once Gatsby found out that Nick was related to daisy he wanted to have Daisy over to hopefully win her over. ” He came to me alive delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor. He wants to know if you’ll invite Daisy over to your house some afternoon and let him come over” (Fitzgerald 78) This has been Gatsby’s goal for as long as he can imagine now that he is so close he can not help but feel like he needs to get closer to Nick so he can fulfill it.In the end, when analyzing Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby you find that they express many things that are similar such as being wealthy, wanting Daisy, and manipulativeness. Although they do share those three things in common they both also show many differences

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