George Wilson

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UnsuccessfulGeorge owns an ailing garage located in the 'valley of ashes'. Nick describes the interior as "unprosperous and bare" with the only car visible being the "dust-covered wreck of a Ford which crouched in a dim corner".This image, while symbolising much about Wilson's pathetic life, ominously prophecises Myrtle's death. Tom patronises Wilson and tantalises him with the prospect of business. Myrtle despises him for his lack of material success.
Contrast with TomWilson is described as "blond, spiritless and anaemic".Whereas Tom comes across as strong, forceful and energetic, Wilson seems weak and demotivated. However, the men do have some things in common. They share a love for Myrtle, and each fears losing his wife.
JealousWilson dreams of taking his wife away – to somewhere unknown in the West - in order to save their marriage. His jealousy also drives him to extreme action: he locks Myrtle into a room above the garage.Wilson is portrayed as a weak man, he loves his wife and is tormented by knowing she is unfaithful.
TragicGeorge develops as a tragic figure in his grief over losing Myrtle, rocking himself back and forth and muttering incoherently. He is intent on avenging Myrtle's death and finding the driver of the yellow car. Tipped off by Tom as to the identity of the owner, his "ashen, fantastic figure" stalks Gatsby and shoots him. He then turns his gun on himself.Like Myrtle, George is ultimately a victim of the hedonism of the rich.