Tom Buchanan, Doctor Sloper, and the woman from the cartoon all boast their “superiority” over others. Tom, a man of “old money” (family wealth), owns a home that indicates his status to all who pass by. Described as a “Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay” (11), the home is located in East Egg, the more “fashionable” place where “White Palaces... glittered along the water” (10). Nick even mentions that Tom is one of the few men of his generation who was rich enough to own “a string of polo ponies” (10). Tom, along with being ostentatious, uses force to assert his power over those who are not wealthy like him. This is foreshadowed from the beginning of the novel when he asks Nick if he read The Rise of the Coloured Empires. The title alone indicates that it is a novel that only a power-hungry and egotistical man would read. Even his wife refers to his as a “brute of a man” (16). However the reader does not get a true feel for his barbarity until the great fight in his apartment. The small New York City loft located on 158th street serves as a meeting place for Tom and...
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...iman goes to formals with the family, dresses in extravagant dresses, and interferes with Catherine’s life. When Catherine is away, Mrs. Penniman tries to transform Mr. Townsend into her perfect man, rather than Catherine’s. As a result, she corrupts him with money by helping him find a high-paid job and letting him live the high life while the Slopers are in Europe. When Catherine confronts her, she replies, “I thought of him as my own… my own son” (1:29:40).
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