In this case, Tom is showing Nick his house and Obviously thinks that because it belonged to the Demeaned oil man that it makes it a little more important Tom thinks that poor people are inferior to him and he is quite the snob. He is from old money and often refers to the newly rich as ” bootleggers”, people who distributed alcohol during prohibition. Tom doesn’t think much of Gatsby , and claims that he pegged him as a bootlegger the moment he saw him, When Daisy tells Tom that she is leaving him for Gatsby he says, ” She’s not leaving me!
Certainly not for a common swindler who’d have to steal the ring to put on her finger! ” ( 140). Later, Tom even sends Daisy home with Gatsby , adding that his presumptuous flirtation was over. And control over people is something that Tom considers important in guiding his life. Throughout the novel he has shown, time and time again that he is the type of person who likes to control others and what they do. Sometimes he is nothing more than a bully and other times he is just cruel,He often talks to George Wilson, his mistress’ husband about selling him his car, which he never actually intends to do.
He is simply toying with the man, but becomes angry when Wilson tries to talk to him about it: ” Very well then , won’t sell you the car at all… I’m under no obligations to you at all… And as for your bothering me about it at lunch time won’t stand for that at all! ” (122). Tom was being extremely cruel at that moment because Wilson needed the money that would come from the car and Tom didn’t care. There are times when Tom loses his temper when people don’t Obey him. When Myrtle Wilson started shouting Daisy’s name (she said that she could say whenever she wanted to), Tom broke her nose.
Later in the novel Tom couldn’t stand it when he realizes that his wife and mistress were ” slipping precipitately from his control”. He confronts Gatsby in the hotel and says, ” I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr.. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that’s the idea then you can count me out” (137). Tom couldn’t stand having control so he made a scene. After ridding Daisy of whatever courage she had, he ordered her to go home, That was how he handled the situation. Also values aesthetics, which means tasteful or sensitive to beauty”
That is not to say that his actions are very tasteful, but that he acts like man to high class and good taste. He buys extravagant things such as a bunch of polo ponies or a $350 000 string of pearls for Daisy. He is concerned with what he sees as the loss of his own high status and is the perfect example of “old money”, He is extremely pompous : he married the girl that everyone wanted and when he did that he came from Chicago ” with a hundred people in four private cars and hired a whole floor of the Shellacs Hotel”.
Tom values expensive things that are both beautiful and tasteful. Cab> also values knowledge , and considers himself to be an intellectual. He is Obsessed With books: I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you ever read the ‘ The Rise Of the Colored Empires’? It’s a fine book and everyone ought to read IL It’s scientific stuff, it’s all been proven” (17). Tom’s ” scientific” book claims that the colored races will submerge the white race eventually. Tom is obsessed with an inevitable downfall of society.
He is very insecure and his attempts at intellectualism are rather fumbled. Are some values that Tom preaches, but doesn’t practice. One of those values is morality. He condemns the affair been Daisy and Gatsby and even claims that it is a step toward the eventual collapse of society and inter- racial marriage ” Nowadays people begin by sneering at family elite and Tamil institutions and next they’ll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white”.
Tom is the ultimate hypocrite : he condemns his white’s affair but has no qualms about his own infidelity. He even admits, ” Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool out of myself, but have always come ace, and in my heart I love her all the time” What kind of a person preaches about the decline of society , using his wife’s infidelity as proof and yet admits to having his own little “sprees” ? BRB>Perhaps dislike Tom so much because find that his values are all so shallow and in his own self interest. Nick Accuracy puts it best: ” 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… “