The next few paragraphs are Nick’s comments on Tom Buchanan’s character.
The writer uses Carraway’s keen eye for observation to capture a vast amount of Tom’s physical features, along with some obvious personal ones.
The Great Gatsby- this title is merely an adjective or epithet for the main character of the story, which brings about the importance of characterization in the book.
Fitzgerald has a rather unique style of characterization in his writing- especially in this book.
He begins the novel by commenting on himself and believes that “Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.
” Thus, he has a tendency to reserve judgement and understand people without holding them up to his personal standards.
These opposites represent the diversity of their ways of life.
Carraway’s character seems to be more down-to-earth, whereas the Buchanans are a restless, rich couple with a keen interest in money.
This word as a very strong effect as it has a powerful and emotive vibe or meaning to it, which brings about the idea of contradiction to what Carraway is describing. We get the impression that Gatsby is somewhat pretentious and superficial. Fitzgerald uses this technique for the implication that he is not much more than attractive physical presence at this stage.
Carraway starts of by having an “unaffected scorn” for him, and then begins to say that he is, or was unique.