The Great Gatsby Quote Analysis

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Sadly in life today many people still hold beliefs on society that many would consider have passed such as racism and superiority. Throughout today's world society has integrated all races into our lives but the fact that racism is alive and well concludes how morose our life is and how little has changed. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses Tom Buchanan to display these thoughts through characterization, and I consider them to still have bearing today. Many people today might say that this statement is incorrect and that society has moved beyond that, the Civil War ended in 1865 and slavery has been outlawed. All races have been given equal rights in America for a long time and everyone is seen equally. However I believe this is not true. In my life today, I have noticed that not everyone is seen equally at all. Tom says in the book that “It's up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things.” What he is saying is that whites are the dominant race and they need to stop giving other races control. I think this still holds…show more content…
He describes his eyes as arrogant and that they establish dominance over his face and gives him an aggressive appearance, and having a touch of paternal contempt in his voice even to people he liked. This shows that Tom is making others inferior to him by obtaining a condescending manner and this impedes his ability to see anyone else as equal, and shows how he sees himself as the “dominant” race. This ideology still contains relevant understanding with people in today's world. I recently read in an article that black and hispanic families are twice as likely to be in the low-income gap than whites and asians. Proving that even though Fitzgerald wrote this book long ago, the representation that Tom carries is still existent today and is still integrated into our daily life even though we may not notice
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