Analysis of George Wilson in Great Gatsby

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Analysis of George Wilson George Wilson is one of the few good characters in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby with no hidden agenda or lust for wealth and status. His primary concern involved his adulterous wife and his job running an unsuccessful garage. Yet as a good character in The Great Gatsby, George committed the murder of the titular character, driven by the actions of the old wealth. George Wilson is first introduced to Nick by Tom when they go to his garage to visit Myrtle. Wilson is from a lower class than all the other characters in The Great Gatsby, and is described as “a blond, spiritless man, anemic and faintly handsome” (Fitzgerald 25). In contrast, his wife, Myrtle has the complete opposite appearance, of liveliness and spirit. Myrtle is cheating on George with Tom, who has an arrogant manner and looks down on George, saying “He’s so dumb he doesn’t know he’s alive” (Fitzgerald 26). George is one of the unluckiest characters in the book, with a wife whom he cares for yet is cheating on him. Not only is Myrtle unfaithful, but she clearly has no respect for George and is unhappy with their poverty and with George’s unsuccessful garage. Myrtle shows this with her association with Tom and the haughty air she assumes with him. Furthermore, George is one of the few characters in The Great Gatsby that displays no staggering character flaw. George is a hardworking, religious man and a good and faithful spouse, describing himself as “…one of these trusting fellas and I don’t think any harm to nobody” (Fitzgerald 158-159). The next time George Wilson is mentioned is when Tom stops for gas at his garage in Gatsby’s car. Then, it is revealed that George had discovered that Myrtle was having an affair. Nick compares the situation between George and Myrtle with the situation with Tom and Daisy, saying “there was no difference between men” (Fitzgerald 124).

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