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

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When Tom and George learn of their wives' affairs, they both try to reclaim their wives but go about it in different ways.

Both men have tried to provide for their wives monetarily. Tom has far greater means to do so, yet George has faithfully worked to give his wife the life which he knows she desires.

Despite these efforts, both women look to other men for what they truly desire. Myrtle looks to Tom for the financial freedoms she longs for, and Daisy looks to Gatsby for the adoration which Tom withholds from her.

When Tom realizes that Daisy has been unfaithful to him, his ego is unwavering. He remains confident that his societal status will trump Gatsby's and that his wife will leave with him, telling Gatsby,

The trouble is that sometimes she gets foolish ideas in her head and doesn’t know what she’s doing (chapter 7).

Eventually he does remind Daisy of their shared past, and she is persuaded to turn against Gatsby as her husband questions Gatsby's business dealings. Tom is so confident of...

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