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Posted February 4, 2009 at 4:52 AM via web

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Compare George Wilson and Tom. What did each man learn about his wife, and how did they each react?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 4, 2009 at 6:25 AM (Answer #1)

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Tom and George each discover in different ways that their wives are having affairs. Tom is violently angry at Gatsby for trying to take his wife away from him. He senses he is losing control of something that belongs to him. With Daisy, Tom is gentle. He tries to woo her back by reminding her of their honeymoon and assurring her that he has always loved her, no matter how foolish his behavior has been in the past. (He refers to his own marital infidelity. He had never been faithful to Daisy.)

When George learns of Myrtle's affair, he is heartbroken that she would be unfaithful to him and deceive him in the process. He thinks that Myrtle's conduct is immoral. He wants to take her away in order to break up her affair and save his marriage. He thinks everything will be fine if he can only leave with her. He locks her up to keep her from running away from him, which leads to her death when she does run and is hit and killed by Gatsby's car.

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