Compare And Contrast George And Tom In The Great Gatsby

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Although Tom and George have many differences, they are also a little bit alike. They are alike because of the way they treat the women they love, and the way they show violence. They are different in their jobs, how much money they earn, and where they live. They have very different lifestyles, but they can be really similar when it comes down to it.
George Wilson is a sad character that gets a lot of sympathy, and lives in The Valley of Ashes. He really wants to make his wife happy and obviously loves her but he can not afford the lifestyle that she is looking for. For example, Myrtle said, “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman. I thought he knew something about breeding but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe” (Fitzgerald 39).
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For example he yelled, “You're crazy!" he exploded. "I can't speak about what happened five years ago, because I didn't know Daisy then—and I'll be damned if I see how you got within a mile of her unless you brought the groceries to the back door. But all the rest of that's a Goddamn lie. Daisy loved me when she married me and she loves me now” (Fitzgerald 138). Tom is very violent towards Gatsby for trying to take Daisy from him, “She's not leaving me!" Tom's words suddenly leaned down over Gatsby. “Certainly not for a common swindler who'd have to steal the ring he put on her finger.” (Fitzgerald 140) Although Tom is violent about Daisy he really does love her. Tom said, “And what's more, I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time” (Fitzgerald …show more content…
“I’ve got my wife locked up in there. She’s going to stay in there till the day after tomorrow and then we’re going to move away” (Fitzgerald 143). George really loves his wife and he is distraught because she has been having an affair and he wants to get her away from all of it. Myrtle is not happy about it and would rather him beat her than take her away, “Beat me! Throw me down and beat me, you dirty little coward!” A moment later she rushed into the dusk, waving her hands and shouting; before he could move from his door the business was over” (Fitzgerald 144). “The “death car,” as the newspapers called it, didn’t stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically for a moment and then disappeared around the next bend. Michaelis wasn’t even sure of its color-he told the first policeman that it was light green” (Fitzgerald 144). Myrtle is hit by a car and killed. George is devastated, “Oh my God!” uttered over and over in a gasping moan” (Fitzgerald 145). As a result he does not care about the consequences of anything and he violently murders Gatsby and then kills himself, “There was a faint, barely perceptible movement of the water as the fresh flow from one end urged its way toward the drain at the other. With the little ripples that were hardly the shadows of waves, the laden mattress moved irregularly down the pool. A small gust of wind that scarcely

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