In the book, The Great Gatsby, how are Wilson and Gatsby more similar than different (with textual evidence at least with the chapter they are in)? I need quotes from the books showing how Wilson...

In the book, The Great Gatsby, how are Wilson and Gatsby more similar than different (with textual evidence at least with the chapter they are in)? I need quotes from the books showing how Wilson and Gatsby are alike. 

Need quotes for these reasons:

They both had to compete with Tom for their women.

They both want the American Dream. 

I also need another reason why they are similar; this is due tomorrow at 4 Midwestern time and I need help!

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amarang9 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Gatsby has created an entire persona based upon what he thinks will be an ideal husband for Daisy. His very identity is constructed to suit her. This is such a huge theme in the novel that it sometimes goes without saying. If we consider that Gatsby's "self" is created for another person, we might say that his "self" is not his own. In other words, the self/identity/persona that he has created is to fit a role or a type. And in Gatsby's mind, this role or type is designed to suit Daisy's wants and needs as well as the requirements of a position in her social circle. Gatsby does create himself for his own reasons, but his resulting self is designed for her. 

Wilson also lives for his wife. Even when he finds out that she's having an affair, he doesn't leave her. He intends to keep her as his wife and move west. Likewise, Gatsby is not deterred that Daisy is with another man (Tom). He still intends to take Daisy away from Tom. Wilson intends to take Myrtle away from Tom. In the end, Gatsby's dedication to Daisy is similar to George's dedication to Myrtle. In Chapter 7, Fitzgerald writes about George, saying "He was his wife’s man and not his own." 

sophia9521 | Student

This is the link to my paper and what I have so far in the process. I didn't fully understand the book and need help. I know my essential question is stupid but I didn't know what to do for it so yeah. I need textual evidence approximately where it is located. I have one textual evidence that may not be the great but it works. I'm doing this paper at last minute, I wasn't planning on doing it and I was just going to take a 0 so the stuff I have know is better than a 0. I will take any help or guidance to help me find these quotes for my two paragraphs. Thoughts on my paper may also be good, my hook isn't really about the whole paper so I didn't know what to do for that.

Here is the link for my paper:

https://docs.google.com/a/masoncityschools.org/document/d/1a6tof_o452nYN34ELAUPwhaq05kzPx0HcHcXX2w2ctg/edit?usp=sharing

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