­the Great Gatsby Character Analysis

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While reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald one particular character stood out more than the rest. George Wilson was that person. In all the parts that he was in, they always seemed to leave an impression on me. It was easy to relate to him through the problems that he faced. His personality and his way of reasoning things out were very familiar to me. In the book he was described as a weakling, a servant, and a murderer. These three personality traits build up his character. He portrays himself as the weakest and unwanted person among all the characters. Wilson appears to be a weak man when Nick comments about him, "He was a blond, spiritless man, anemic and faintly handsome. When he saw us a damp gleam of hope sprang into his light blue eyes," (Fitzgerald 25). Fitzgerald makes him blend into the place where he lives, which is the valley of ashes. The valley of ashes symbolizes all the leftovers of the people who couldn’t fit in West or East Egg. The valley of ashes is described as a town in this passage, “…a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take form of house and chimneys and rising smoke,” (23) This illustrates that the valley of ashes is just a place full of death, darkness and hatred. Wilson is known as a dark since his facial expression addresses that. People that George Wilson associated with didn’t exactly treat him in the friendliest fashion. Such as in the remark by Tom, “Wilson? He thinks she goes to see her sister in New York. He’s so dumb he doesn’t’ know he’s alive,” (26) All the character are very cruel to him but Nick seems to have some sympathy on him because Tom was cheating on Daisy with his wife. Overall, Wilson lived a dark life like the valley of ashes characterizes himself as an unwanted, weak and sick man. In addition, George Wilson has another different personality trait. He is treated like a servant throughout the book. With the help of...
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