Tom Buchanan´s Scrap

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Tom Buchanan´s Scrap

Tom and his football team at Yale. He took the photo his senior year at Yale before the team's final home game. It is significant to him because it reminds him of his "glory" days when he felt like he had more power and social prestige, a feeling he has been chasing ever since (Fitzgerald 10).

Tom Buchanan's Scrap Book

The floor plan and picture of Tom's house in East Egg. It's a nice place, isn't it? He took the floor plan from the architects who built his house once they were done with it and took the picture a year later to commemorate his first year in East Egg. The picture is significant to him because he sees his house as a source of pride and a symbol of his high social status (Fitzgerald 12).

Tom's movie stub from a drive in that he went to with Myrtle on their first date. He saved it from a drive-in that he went to when he took Myrtle on their first date. It is significant to him because it reminds him of when he first met Myrtle, whom he cares for, and of having more control over that aspect of his life, something he enjoys. To put it simply, it reminds him of the "thrill of the chase" (Fitzgerald 40).

Tom and Daisy on their wedding day. He took the picture on the day he married Daisy. The picture is significant to him because it reminds him of a simpler time, a time, he believes, when Daisy really did love him and his affair was separate from his marriage (Fitzgerald 135).

Tom's trophy that he won his senior year at Yale for having the most rushing yards in the Ivy League. Again, this is significant to him because it reminds him of the days when he felt people respected him more and he yielded more power (Fitzgerald 10).

A video the nanny took of little precious having a play date with a friend. It was taken early in the summer that the whole "Gatsby Incident" (as Tom has taken to calling it) happened, right before a family gathering at Tom's house in East Egg. It is significant to him because having it in his scrap book makes him feel as though he really cares for his daughter, when in reality he leaves his daughter with a nanny most of the time and she is only taken out on special occasions (such as the aforementioned family gathering) so that he and Daisy can show her off (Fitzgerald 123).

An anti-racism speech by a British man that Tom saw on the news and decided to obtain a copy of through a friend of his that works in the media. It is significant to him because it reminds him that there are still some white men out there who fail to see their responsibility to oppress the inferior races. He often shows it as an example to dinner guests in order to demonstrate the imminent demise of society (Fitzgerald 17).


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