Compare and contrast Gatsby and Tom
In the Great Gatsby, the characters of Tom and Gatsby are more alike then they appear to be. However, they also share some differences too. Both characters, Tom and Gatsby, use many people throughout the story. Also, neither of them really, truly loves Daisy. One of their great differences is that Gatsby is much pleasant than Tom. Tom is much more egotistic than Gatsby. They both have two different personalities, yet can relate to the same secret affairs that occurs throughout the book.
First, and most obvious, Tom and Gatsby both use other people throughout the book. Gatsby was just using Nick. He wanted to find Daisy again, but he didn’t know anyone who knew her. When he found out that Nick knew Daisy, he became good friends, and wanted to know more about her. He made Nick invite Daisy over for tea. He did that so Tom would let her go, and so that they would have a reason for meeting. As soon as Daisy got to Nick’s house, Gatsby ignored Nick and paid full attention to Daisy. He acted like Nick wasn’t even there, as soon as he got what he wanted. Gatsby used other people as well. He invited people to his parties, just to see if any of them knew Daisy. Tom, like Gatsby used people. He used Daisy when he married her, just so he would have someone to settle down with. When he met Myrtle, he realized that he didn’t love Daisy, but he had to stay with her because she was catholic. Also, as soon as Myrtle died, Tom ran off with Daisy, because she was to only thing that he had left. More than likely, Tom wouldn’t have stayed with Daisy if Myrtle was still alive.
Both characters, Tom and Gatsby, never really loved Daisy at the time. Tom was with her because she was catholic, even though he really wanted loved Myrtle and wanted to be with her. Tom even addressed Myrtle as “his girl” to Nick. Tom also became mad at Myrtle when she mentioned the name Daisy, and he e...