Infidelity in the Great Gatsby Part 2

In the novel george wilson is an example of a

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In the novel, George Wilson is an example of a character who becomes jealous because of failure and loss. His failure and loss all revolve around his wife, Myrtle. George has his business and his home in area “about half way between West Egg and New York ..... [shrinks] away from a certain desolate area of land. This is the valley of ashes...” (23). The name, the valley of ashes, gives the area a sort of failure feel, because when one thinks of ashes he associates it with ruin. This description fits because his business and marriage have failed. When Wilson realizes that his marriage has failed he says, “... I want to get away... I want to go West” (123). It seems as if he is trying to run away from his failure hoping somewhere else he may succeed. This is obviously not true. Also, Wilson thinks that if he locks Myrtle up until they move away nothing else will happen (136). He is also wrong here because Myrtle has a mind of her own and will do
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whatever she wants. Myrtle views Wilson as a stick in the mud. She thinks he is stupid. So she does not worry about running towards Gatsby’s car when she thinks Tom is the one driving it. However, Wilson does not realize Myrtle’s opinion of him. After Myrtle’s murder, Wilson becomes a more jealous man and wants to revenge her death by figuring out who killed her (160). Wilson’s final stage of jealousy does not benefit anyone including himself.
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