The Great Gatsby

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He had changed since his New Haven years. Now he was a sturdy straw-haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. Two shining arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward. Not even the effeminate swank of his riding clothes could hide the enormous power of that body-he seemed to fill those glistening boots until he strained the top lacing, and you could see a great pack of muscle shifting when his shoulder moved under his thin coat. It was a body capable of enormous leverage-a cruel body.

His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed. There was a touch of paternal contempt in it, even toward people he liked-and there were men at New Haven who had hated his guts.

look at how Fitzgerald uses diction

- Look up the words supercilious and fractiousness

-find a pattern in the diction

ive already looked up the words but I seriously have no idea how to find a pattern of diction please help.

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Tom’s personality traits are not good. He is indeed the definition of supercilious. Tom has a condescending and arrogant manner to him born out of his entitled wealth. Even his physical description takes on these traits. The pattern in the diction follows this very mean-spirited pattern. Consider how words like "Arrogant", "aggressive", "swank", "gruff" all serve as a scaffolding to build a picture of the entitled monster Tom has become.