George Wilson In The Great Gatsby

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In a novel focused on the extravagant lifestyles of the wealthy in New York, such as Gatsby and Daisy, an unlikely low class character provides the turning point in The Great Gatsby. George Wilson is a hardworking man who owns a garage in the city. He can be used to show the need of God in any society and class, as money, love, and possessions failed all characters in this novel. He is accompanied by his wife who he loves dearly, but she is in return disloyal. George is a loving character who is ultimately changed by the depression and guilt caused by loss. George is introduced in the novel as Nick and Tom take a train to New York to meet "Tom's girl". George's shop is a garage in what seems like a wasteland, and it shows the poverty of the working class in New York. The garage is empty aside from a wrecked car, and the apartment that they live in is directly overhead the garage. George is a "blonde, spiritless man, anemic and faintly handsome" (Fitzgerald 29). George is a hardworking man as he immediately begins asking…show more content…
George announces during one of his ramblings that he "had a way of finding out whom the yellow car belonged to," (Fitzgerald 164) thus tracking the murderer. He was assured it was a murder despite everyone telling him it was an accident. He wanted to find the person responsible badly and this is the beginning of his poor decisions. Wilson leaves the garage when alone and makes his way to West Egg, seeking revenge after a character change brought by the loss of his wife. Tom, jealous over the relationship that was forming between Gatsby and Daisy, tells Wilson that Gatsby is the one who hit Myrtle as he was having an affair with her. He then makes his way to the mansion, goes through the backyard, and shoots Mr. Gatbsy in his pool. Assumedly realizing that getting revenge would not help with the grief of losing his wife, George then kills
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