Compare Jay Gatsby and George Wilson in The Great Gatsby.

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While Jay Gatsby and George Wilson are noticeably different characters, they have similar attributes and experience similar issues. Both Jay Gatsby and George Wilson hail from humble beginnings and know what it is like to be poor. Gatsby grew up in a poor household in North Dakota while Wilson resides in the valley of ashes, where he attempts to make ends meet by running an automotive shop.

Both characters are also in love with shallow women who are interested in other men and end up breaking their hearts. Jay Gatsby is in love with Daisy Buchanan, who plays with his emotions and is married to the unscrupulous Tom Buchanan. Although Daisy carries on an affair with Jay Gatsby, she does not genuinely love him and is not willing to give up her secure, wealthy life to be with him. Similarly, Myrtle Wilson does not love George and plans on leaving him to be with Tom Buchanan. Once Wilson discovers that his wife is cheating on him, he is heartbroken and decides to move out west.

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