What kind of character was Tom in "The Great Gatsby?"

What kind of character was Tom in "The Great Gatsby?"

What kind of character was Tom in "The Great Gatsby?"

What kind of character was Tom in "The Great Gatsby?"

There’s actually a discussion board conversation currently going on here at enotes, where you could find numerous answers to your question.  I’ll try to find the link for you and include it below.In short, Tom is a former college football star who played at an extremely high level.  He has had similar success in business, and in the novel’s present he is extremely wealthy.  He is outgoing to the point of beligerance, and tends to try to impose his will on others.  He can also be abusive. Tom is also somewhat simple minded and is not a deep thinker.  He latches on to theories that support his worldview, rational or not.  He is also sexist and self-centered.One specific moment in the novel that concerns Tom is telling.  Tom, who is seeing another woman, is truly surprised and shocked when he finds out that his wife, Daisy, and Gatsby have feelings for each other.  It is a moving scene, and reveals just how self-centered Tom is.  He just never would have thought that a woman of his could want to go out on him.There’s more to Tom than what I’ve written.  I’m sure other editors will add to it.
What kind of character was Tom in "The Great Gatsby?"
What kind of character was Tom in "The Great Gatsby?"
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What kind of character was Tom in "The Great Gatsby?"
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