In The Great Gatsby, describe the morale of the citizens of Valley of Ashes?Had they a good relationship to each other?

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The only two characters from the Valley of Ashes that are mentioned in the novel are Myrtle and her husband George Wilson, therefore the only things that we know about the moral of the people of this area are from what we know about them.  First, we know that Myrtle Wilson cheats on her husband and is completely miserable with her life unless she is with Tom in New York City.  Therefore, she does not have strong morals because she lies and cheats.  Her husband seems to live a boring, emotionless life.  The only time that we get the idea that he is actually “alive” is at the end of the novel when he decides that he and Myrtle are going to move west because he found out that she was having an affair.  George seems to have higher morals than Myrtle because he does not attempt to confront her about the affair; he just decides that they have to leave in order to have a better life.  However, this idea of George changes after he kills Gatsby, thinking that he is the murderer of his wife.

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