What are some ways Gatsby and George Wilson are alike in The Great Gatsby?

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Neither of these two characters is truly engaged with reality. This is one significant similarity connecting Jay Gatsby and George Wilson

These men both present examples of characters dedicated to a vision (even if that vision is illusory) and who fail to see the reality of the world around them, the reality that other people live within. 

Gatsby's vision is one of romance and ambition. 

His ill-gotten wealth is acquired solely to gain acceptance into the sophisticated, moneyed world of the woman he loves, Daisy Fay Buchanan.

When told that repeating the past is impossible, Gatsby replies to the contrary, insisting that his vision is achievable.

This obsession is characteristic of a dreamer like Gatsby, who loses a sense of reality but rather believes in “a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy's wing.”

Though George Wilson is not the kind of romantic or dreamer than Gatsby is, Wilson is equally distant from the world of others. He fails to recognize his wife's...

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