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Tom is a very materialistic, rather cruel man who is simply concerned with his "place" in society.loves Daisy, as best he can, but he does not cherish her enough to be faithful to her. He lives a "void" life, like many of his peers; more than anything he wants to have his mistress in New York, but keep Daisy around as well. He has no real goals in life other than to be "better" than the people around him. He tries occasionally to have some legitimate discussions, but he shows he is racist and is unable to really relate to anyone even the lest bit unlike him.