Relationship Between Myrtle And George Wilson In The Great Gatsby

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Myrtle and George Wilson were once two passionate lovers, caring for nothing else in the world but each other. However, Myrtle’s selfish aura led her to fall in love with not a man but a thing: money. She became dissatisfied with her husband and decided to move on to someone more enticing, someone wealthy like Tom Buchanan. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Wilsons are discontent with their lives as they become unsatisfied with one another and turn to lives of avarice, portraying the theme of greed when money is involved. The source of Myrtle and George Wilson’s problems is that they have different viewpoints on each other which leads to Myrtle’s dissatisfaction with him. George’s successful look and behaved manner …show more content…
Myrtles obsession with money leads her to forget the concept of love. Tom Buchanan serves as a devil who gives Myrtle worldly possessions so Myrtle becomes confused as to what true family means. Myrtle, although clearly abused, follows Tom wherever he goes. When Myrtle voices Daisy’s name out loud, “Tom Buchanan [breaks] her nose with his open hand” (Fitzgerald 37). Although these events take place, Myrtle still goes with him and forgets how unremorseful and abusive he is. The uniqueness of the unhappiness Myrtle faces with George is that Myrtle never comes to the realization that she is being abused; Myrtle follows her lover although he abuses her, and still becomes dissatisfied at her husband who admires and is submisse towards her. In an article called “‘These Wild Young People’: By One of Them” by John F. Carter Jr., Carter shows his perspective of his generation during the Great Gatsby time period. He refers to his people as “disillusioned”, having “greed, anger, hatred, malice, and all uncharitableness” having “rottenness” and “inherent beastliness of the human race” (Carter 3). The strong vocabulary words describing his generation provide an accurate description of how people were during that time. People were greedy, like Myrtle Wilson, to attain success in life and forgot about the important people in her life, like George Wilson. George …show more content…
Myrtle’s aspiration to be rich led her to forget that with someone who will care for her, she will truly be happy. Myrtle goes through many social problems in her relationship with Tom Buchanan, but chooses to ignore them as her greed controls her actions. Her unhappiness affects George; when he finds out she was unfaithful to him, he goes after Gatsby, and loses his life for his troubles. In the end, was it really worth it for Myrtle to give up her moral values and succumb to the temptation of

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