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The opening lines of the chosen passage, "Tom was evidently..." immediately states Tom Buchanan's key characteristics- dominance and oppressiveness, "His presence gave the evening its peculiar quality of oppressiveness." People are intimidated by his hulking power. Tom oversees the crowd as he is standing raised on the steps, which creates a vivid image similar to that of a powerful dictator on a platform surveying his country, people, soldiers, worshippers, slaves. He later leaves his wife at dinner to accompany a funny gentleman, but, as Daisy knows he is really accompanying a "common but pretty" girl. Here we can witness Tom's sheer nerve, audacity and idea of self importance, as he blatantly leaves his wife to join another woman. The book makes reference to "Tom's arrogant eyes" on several occasions throughout the book (p.12, p.101). As is commonly believed and suggested throughout the book the eyes are the door to the soul, so the book is clearly implying that Tom is an arrogant and oppressing person, even when stripped down to his bare, selfish soul.
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There is certain chemistry between Daisy and Gatsby, but is this true love or simply the short-lived spark of re-igniting an old flame? Daisy knows that Tom is not her true love, but they have grown comfortable with each other and the flaws that come with any person and they now have a child together. Tom and Daisy needed each other equally; Tom was looking for a pretty, high class trophy wife to reflect his success and Daisy wanted a wealthy husband who would provide for her a life of leisure. "And if you want to take down any addresses here's my little gold pencil." Although Daisy is aware that he is accompanying a pretty young girl, the fact that she offers him her pencil shows how she has grown to accept Tom's tendency to stray, but she knows that he will always return home to Daisy. Tom is suspicious of Gatsby and that something mischievous is going on between him and Daisy, but that Tom is happy to leave them alone shows either that Tom is comfortable that Daisy will not leave him, or that he is so selfish that he is more pre-occupied with having a `fling' with this other "common but pretty" girl, than stopping the relationship strengthening between Daisy and Gatsby.
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Throughout this passage we witness some of the themes, which run throughout the book such as Daisy's choice between Tom and Gatsby, Tom's oppressiveness, the falseness of the partygoers and Gatsby's elaborate attempts to impress Daisy. Fitzgerald also creates for us a very acute idea of the atmospheres of such parties in the jazz age. In contrast to Gatsby's first party this passage leaves the reader feeling subdued and rather than felling in awe of the party we feel almost repulsed and ashamed.