5. In this same scene in the hotel room, when Tom finds out about Daisy and Gatsby’s affair, he exclaims, “Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and next they’ll throw everything overboard . . . . “ Nick then comments upon Tom’s outburst: “Flushed with his impassioned gibberish he saw himself standing alone on the last barrier of civilization.” Do these passages strike you as
ironic? What might they imply about Tom?