Tom Hansen

Tom Hansen

    (500) Days of Summer
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up... with his younger sister Rachel, who always seemed to be wise beyond her years. Tom relies on Rachel in times of need, confiding in her his deepest relationship issues and fears. Rachel always seems to know how to give Tom good advice and put him at ease.

Living... in Los Angeles. Although his job writing greeting cards is a far cry from his passion for architecture, Tom tolerates the job and doesn’t complain — especially when he meets his boss’s new assistant, Summer Finn, a beautiful girl who shares Tom’s love for the band The Smiths. He falls for her immediately and manages to begin a relationship with her, for better or worse.

Profession... writer at a greeting card company. He’s not bad at writing these greeting cards, but he always expected to do something more. Tom doesn’t know exactly why he hasn’t become an architect yet — he even has the training — but it’s never too late to start.

Interests... “sad British pop music,” which gave him his early notions about true love. Summer shares his interest in music, but, in the words of Tom’s sister Rachel, “Just because she likes the same bizzarro crap you do doesn’t mean she’s your soulmate.”

Relationship Status... in a relationship with Summer. He's convinced she’s the love of his life. Summer explains early on in the relationship that she doesn’t believe in true love, but Tom persists in trying to convince her otherwise.

Challenge... making himself happy. From an early age, Tom believed that the only way he’d achieve this is by finding his true love. But the more that Summer’s perspective rubs off on him, the more Tom realizes that true happiness lies within the self, and the only way he will ever really be happy is by looking inward.

Personality... hopelessly romantic and ambitious, but also quick to settle for something less than perfect in his professional life. Tom has to learn that his childhood notions of love and life may not be the most important or truest things in the world. He faces the harshness of reality poorly, doesn’t take rejection very well and has a long way to go before he can truly consider himself a man of his own volition. 


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