Tom, an insensitive and careless character, believes he is superior in society due to his wealth. In order to preserve his dominant position, he puts down and hurts those around him. This representation is seen during the party he hosts with his lover Myrtle Wilson and in his discussion with Nick regarding the death car.
When Myrtle excessively repeats Daisy’s name, Tom becomes aggravated and “breaks her nose with his open hand” (37). After saying “Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!” Myrtle is struck in the face by Tom in front of a huge group of close friends solely because he desires to exert his power and control. In addition to being careless about the fact that he could easily lose Myrtle and ruin his reputation, he simply disregards these potential consequences all because he has the power to neglect them. Reunited after Jay Gatsby’s death, Mr. Buchanan explains to Nick that he had no other choice but to place the blame on Gatsby for Myrtle’s accident. He reasons, “George Wilson was crazy enough to kill me if I hadn’t told him who owned the car. His hand was on a revolver in his pocket every minute he was in the house–” (178). Tom’s affair with Myrtle ultimately results in her death as well as Gatsby’s and Wilson’s.
He misleads George Wilson by implying that Gatsby was responsible for Myrtle’s death. Tom’s wealth and luxurious lifestyle blinds him from the real world and prompts him to conclude that he has the privilege of living in the world without any consequences whatsoever.Daisy uses her money to escape her reality, for she believes money is the solution to all her problems. She is blinded from reality due to the fact that she puts her reputation and Tom’s money first and overlooks Gatsby’s love and dedication. In the Plaza Hotel in the City, Tom confronts Daisy and Gatsby, accusing them of having an affair.
As a result, Jay Gatsby demands that Daisy declare her undying love for him and renounce any feelings of love that she ever had for Tom. However, Daisy cannot truthfully say that she never loved Tom: “‘Oh, you want too much!’ she cried to Gatsby. ‘I love you now–isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past.’ She began to sob helplessly. ‘I did love Nick once–but I loved you too'” (132). Daisy Buchanan engages in an affair with Jay Gatsby without fully committing to him which is seen when she is not even capable of professing her love for the man who has devoted his life to her.
Furthermore, she enjoys flirting with him, but when problems arise, she simply hides behind Tom. Later on, Daisy was so upset by earlier events that she was not in the proper mindset to drive on the way back to West Egg. During a conversation with Nick, Jay recalls Myrtle’s death: “Daisy stepped on it. I tried to make her stop, but she couldn’t…” (144). Although she initially leads Gatsby to believe that she would leave Tom for Gatsby, she ultimately chooses Tom, leaving him to answer for the Myrtle’s death. Daisy’s willingness to allow Gatsby to take the blame for the accident demonstrates the indifference she holds for the destructive outcomes of her actions. Additionally, Daisy’s reckless actions and behavior demonstrate the measures she is willing to take to ensure she and her reputation are protected, even if she puts the people she cares for in danger.Tom and Daisy Buchanan are reckless and insensitive people who solely rely on their wealth and power.
They would spend their days in idle relaxation without ever worrying about anything except themselves. Consequently, when difficulties emerge, they would simply make their troubles disappear using cold, hard cash. Soon after the death of Jay Gatsby, Nick “called up Daisy half an hour after he found Gatsby,” but “she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them” (164). When Nick tries to inform Daisy that Gatsby has passed away, he learns that both she and Tom have skipped town without notice.
This couple believes that the only way to solve their issues is to run away and leave everyone else to deal with the damage. Once everything in the Eggs had settled down, Nick Carraway concludes, “I couldn’t forgive Tom or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (179). Although Tom is aware that Daisy is responsible for the death of Myrtle, he sacrifices the lives of Gatsby as well as George and uses their affluence to live a carefree life. Moreover, Daisy and Tom tend to run away from difficulties due to the fact that they have the money to do so and that they have a little sense of obligation to others.