30 January 2013
The Great Gatsby Character Analysis: George Wilson
“Wilson was so sick that he looked guilty” (Fitzgerald 138 ). After a car strikes his wife Myrtle, George Wilson passes the blame to himself out of longing and guilt. Instead of pointing a finger, Wilson diligently accepts the circumstances in the novel The Great Gatsby. Focusing on the prosperity and grandeur of the 1920s, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book depicts the affairs and personalities of the era’s lavishly rich. A minor character in the novel, George Wilson, contrasts sharply with the other characters. A poor man of strong moral and religious beliefs, his naivety is often mistaken for ignorance. Despite the liquor, drama, and affairs that his numerous colleagues, such as Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, and Jordan Baker, seem to be synonymous with, Wilson retains a semblance of innocence and purity. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s the Great Gatsby, George Wilson retains a moral compass throughout the book, resistant to the grandeur and scandal the 1920s offered.
A man deeply rooted in religion, George maintains the belief that one is incapable of hiding information from God. Straying from her husband, Myrtle engages in a drawn out affair with a wealthy businessman, Tom Buchanan. A foil character to her husband, Buchanan’s wealth, riches, and handsomeness provide Myrtle with what her husband’s poverty and stature fail to do. After finding a dog collar in a drawer of Myrtle’s, Wilson suspicion of the affair is sparked. After numerous attempts to demand the truth from Myrtle; George screams, “You can fool me, but you can’t fool God! ” (Fitzgerald 159 ). With this, Wilson suggests those who possesses money, and thus influence, have the ability to abuse him, but they are not powerful enough to trick God, and will ultimately face necessary consequences. Wilson’s morals prevent him from immediately taking revenge, as he is assured God will carry out the deed for him....
Cited: Fitzgerald, F.Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. Print.
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