In the car Nick sees him look sideways as though lying and thinks “And with this doubt, his whole statement fell to pieces, and I wondered if there wasnt something a little sinister about him, after all” (65, Chapter 4). Nicks middle class ideology leads him to scorn those who would strive to get ahead. It is the traditional view of the underclass toward upstarts from within. In the end, he loses “love” (Jordan). The text does not validate his character as an ideal.
The relationship of Tom and Gatsby clearly reinforces the class system. Tom articulates a power-oriented racist vision, saying “Its up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things” (13, Chapter 1). This Nordic racism is symbolic of a biased class consciousness out of which Tom operates.
He wants to retain his class power. It creates hatred for those outside his social status. Applied to Gatsby, Toms view is contemptuous despite Gatsbys whiteness and wealth. It is significant that Gatsby lives in West Egg, which is separated by a social class chasm from East Egg where the inherited rich live. Tom is contemptuous of Gatsbys parties. Daisy displays the same view: “But the rest offended her — and inarguably, because it wasnt a gesture but an emotion” (107, Chapter 6). In other words, Tom and Daisy are part of.