Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby

Money can do many things. It can shift the personality of someone into many different things. All people handle money differently; some learn to be generous and smart with their money. Others, who get corrupted by the money and power become careless and stupid. The book, The Great Gatsbywritten by F. Scott Fitzgerald goes more in depth on how Tom Buchanan was corrupted by his money and power, but also how Jay Gatsby used his money and went down a different, smarter path.

Both Tom and Gatsby have certain similarities, such as how they go through life in a very confident way. Gatsby tells Nick about his long history with Daisy and how he “wanted nothing less of her and how he was to come back after his service in the army to go back to Louisville and be married from her house just as if it were five years ago.”(109) Shows how Gatsby believes he is coming back and they will still be in love and get married without a doubt. Tom tells Daisy “you two start on home now, and take Mr. Gatsby’s car.

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” (135) Letting Daisy go with Gatsby shows his confidence in himself and in his wife knowing he will win her over. In this book they stride for the women they both love, Daisy. Tom sneers at Gatsby as he tells him “and what’s more, I love Daisy too. 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.” (133) Shows his carelessness in his love life, but in the end it is his wife and he supposedly “loves her” even though he is having an affair with Myrtle. While Nick tells of how Gatsby looks at Daisy in the quote; “he hadn’t once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real.” (91) Reveals Gatsby’s love toward Daisy?.