George Wilson – The Great Gatsby | Major English Grade XII

The Great Gatsby

George Wilson – The Great Gatsby | Major English Grade XII

Description of George Wilson

George Wilson owned a garage in the desolate Valley of Ashes. George was married to Myrtle who kept an extra-marital affair with Tom. He was spiritless, blond and sick. He was gullible. He represents the innocence of the lower class that becomes the victim of a cruel upper class. When he knew that his wife had some sort of adulterous relationship, he became quite disturbed. He even locked her inside the room to prevent her from running with the other man. When his wife was killed by Daisy in a car accident, he was easily persuaded by Tom that Gatsby was the murderer of his wife. Like a mad person, he determined to kill Gatsby and shot him with the pistol. Later he killed himself with the same pistol. George loves and idealizes Myrtle, and is devastated by her affair with Tom. George is consumed with grief when Myrtle is killed. George is comparable to Gatsby in that both are dreamers and both are ruined by their unrequited love for women who love Tom.

Important Question:

  • What part does George Wilson play in Gatsby’s story?

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