Describe George Wilson and his function in the novel, "The Great Gatsby."

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George is described as "a blonde, spiritless man, anemic, and faintly handsome." He really is a pitiful character in the novel and serves as a victim of Tom and Daisy Buchanan just like Gatsby. He kills Gatsby, believing Gatsby was driving the car that killed his wife, and then he kills himself. George represents the wasteland, the area between New York City and the wealthy world of suburbia, and his life seems to be a waste as well. He seems to love his wife, or maybe he doesn't feel as if he has anything else. He's angry about his wife's affair, and he acts impulsively when Tom Buchanan tells him the car that hit his wife belongs to Gatsby.


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