F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

1454 Words Jun 10th, 2015 6 Pages
The novel, “The Great Gatsby” by Scott Fitzgerald evidently portrays the themes of the American Dream, love and revenge and Power and Authority to compare and contrast the novel’s two protagonists, Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan. In comparison, Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby are very dissimilar and different and share very few similarities. The two characters are contrasted as, Tom Buchanan is descended from ‘old money’ and lives in the wealthier portion of Long Island known as East egg and Jay Gatsby is ‘new money’ who lives in lesser sophisticated West egg and has earned all his wealth himself. In addition to their differences, Tom Buchanan has a very arrogant and rough personality whereas Jay Gatsby is very casual and calm dealing with day-to-day affairs. However, Gatsby and Buchanan do share a common interest in Daisy, Tom’s wife and Gatsby’s former sweetheart who is looked upon as a precious jewel, which both men don’t want to lose. Furthermore, Although the protagonists, Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan don’t share many common elements, such as inheriting wealth from different sources and having distinct personalities, they do share a common interest in Daisy, who both don’t want to lose, displayed through the themes of the American Dream, love and revenge and power and authority, used throughout the novel. The first example used to contrast Gatsby and Buchanan, would be the inheritance of family wealth also known as ‘old money’ which Tom Buchanan has, whereas…

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