Tom Buchanan

Here you can read an analysis of F Scott Fitzgerald's characterization of Tom Buchanan. As one of the main characters in “The Great Gatsby”, Tom plays an important role in the events of the novel. By reading the character analysis of Tom, you can enhance your understanding of the entire story.

Tom is Daisy's husband, and he is frequently characterized by his “supercilious manner” (p. 12) and his aristocratic snobbery. He is an athletic man who played football at Yale and first appears wearing riding clothes at a social event. His athleticism is evident in his body: “you could see a great pack of muscle shifting when his shoulder moved under his thin coat. It was a body capable of enormous leverage—a cruel body” (p. 12).

Tom is aggressive and powerful and is easily moved to anger. Much of his power and self-confidence comes from the fact that he is descended from an extremely rich aristocratic family, and has extr...

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