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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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George Wilson and Tom Buchanan are about as far as apart as it's possible for two people to be. George is a struggling small businessman operating a not very successful garage in the Valley of Ashes. He's a quiet, unassuming man without much ambition in life. He loves his wife, Myrtle, as we see from his reaction to her tragic death. But his relationship with Myrtle has an air of codependency to it. She's a much more dominant character, for one thing, and certainly a good deal more ambitious in life. She yearns for a gilded existence of lavish parties and fine clothes, a glimpse of which she gains due to her affair with Tom.

Tom Buchanan is a wealthy, dominant alpha male from a distinguished old money family. He's a bit of a bully and constantly needs to control and impose himself on those around him. He subscribes to the prevailing double standard in which it's considered fine for men to have affairs (so long as they don't get caught), but not women. So Tom, despite cheating on Daisy with

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robbaz12 | Student

you spelled kills wrong near the end. :)