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George Wilson Of The Great Gatsby

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The empathy felt for George Wilson in the Great Gatsby isn’t comparable to any other tragic love story of the twenty-first century. George experiences true heartbreak and romantic whip-lash throughout the whole entire novel. Anyone with a sense compassion or sympathy will somehow be able to relate to the way Mr. Wilson feels through the wretched pain his wife puts him in whilst partaking in an affair with Tom Buchanan.

George Wilson is portrayed as a typical mechanic. When you think of him, you ultimately think of greasy clothes, oily hair, and large hands stained thick with black substances from working with every ounce of effort he has. His face would be speckled with automotive ...view middle of the document...

George is an emotional man, expressing his feelings through his actions and words whereas Tom constantly wears a look of sternness and anger no matter the situation. Due to his occupation, George is depicted as a greasy, manly, and hardworking while Tom is shown as clean-shaven, dressed to the nines, with a harsh attitude.

The two couldn’t be any more different, yet the author brought them together to have their hearts tugged by the same woman, giving them very close similarities. Even though George visually illustrates his pain of Myrtle’s affair late in the book by walking decrepitly and showing obvious pain; Tom seems almost impeccably fine. They still both feel the same way. George wishes Myrtle could love him the way he does her, and he shows that when he loudly preaches about taking his wife away from their risqué town and take her far, far away. Now on the other hand, Tom secretly wishes George would have stopped bantering on and on, even though he was married to Daisy, he still felt attachment to the woman who was about to be whisked away from him.

"I told her she might fool me but she couldn't fool God. I told her to look to the window ... and said 'God knows what you've been doing, everything you've been doing. You may fool me, but you can't fool God' (the Great Gatsby p 159)." This quote was made to be well known by George. He gives this statement as he rambles about his wife’s adultery, knowing full well he may not know everything that happened with Myrtle. But he makes it clear that he truly believes God is conscience of everything his wife did behind his back. Even as he comes to terms with Myrtle’s death, he indirectly gives the suggestion that in some way, she’ll be given what she deserves, not by him, but by God himself.

The American Dream, to George Wilson, would be to stand firmly in his...

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