And Tom Buchanan in riding clothes was standing with his legs apart on the front porch.
Fitzgerald’s introduction of Tom sets the tone for what the audience is supposed to think about him for the rest of the novel. “Supercilious,” “arrogant,” and “aggressive” are all adjectives that evince Tom’s haughtiness, which is later revealed to stem from his firm belief that the white race and the aristocracy are and should be at the top of the social hierarchy. By painting Tom, the most recurrent old-wealth character in the book, as an extremely shallow and contemptuous person, Fitzgerald is implying that the whole upper class is guilty of these transgressions.
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