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How is Tom Buchanan and George Wilson similar and different, according to their...
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Both Tom and George are violent, Tom when he hits Myrtle, has a scuffle with Gatsby, and in the way that he approaches people he thinks are beneath him or that have wronged him in some way. He apparently was less like this until after he finished school where the hardness in him became more apparent and he began actively ruining people when possible.
George also acts on violent impulses and kills someone out of the rage that he feels for being picked on by everyone including his wife. He feels a certain futility in his life based on his work, his location in the wasteland, and the fact that he still has to depend on the very people who've ruined him financially and emotionally by having an affair with his wife.
Both George and Tom are relatively one-dimensional and serve to highlight characteristics like a certain thoughtlessness and cruelty.
Posted by kapokkid on May 3, 2010 at 8:48 PM (Answer #1)
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