Compare George Wilson's and Tom's reactions upon learning about their wives in The Great Gatsby.

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George Wilson and Tom Buchanan from "The Great Gatsby" react differently upon discovering their wives' infidelities. George, a modest and submissive man, reacts with desperation, locking his wife Myrtle away and planning to move. On the other hand, Tom, a wealthy and dominant character, responds with calculated coldness, aiming to ruin Daisy's affair by revealing Gatsby's illegal activities. Despite their contrasting reactions, both men strive to regain control when their wives challenge the roles assigned to them by society.

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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 Myrtle Wilson, is incredibly upset to learn that Daisy's been having an affair with Gatsby.

Tom treats both his wife and his mistress like dirt, whereas the meek, submissive George tends to put his wife on a pedestal. Each man also reacts differently when they find out that their other halves have been cheating on them. George's actions smack of desperation: hurriedly deciding to move out west and locking Myrtle in her room. Tom, on the other hand, with the arrogance and self-confidence of wealth and a good name, coldly and calculatingly sets out to wreck Daisy's affair by exposing the source of Gatsby's ill-gotten gains.

Ultimately, neither man has much respect or understanding for women. Both creatures of their time, they have a very narrow conception of what a woman's place in life should be. The difference lies in how they try to maintain control when the women in their lives start to challenge the roles they've been allotted by a male-dominated society. 

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George Wilson and Tom Buchanan are complete opposites throughout the novel. George is a poor, hard-working mechanic, who is relatively timid and submissive. George is also faithful to his wife and aims to please her the best he can. Unfortunately, George's wife, Myrtle, is unfaithful and has been cheating on him with Tom Buchanan. In contrast, Tom is a wealthy, arrogant man who continually cheats on Daisy and is portrayed as an ignorant, selfish person.

After finding a dog-leash, George is devastated to discover that his wife is cheating on him. He begins locking Myrtle in their apartment above the garage to prevent her from cheating on him again. Unfortunately,  Myrtle escapes from their apartment and is run over by Gatsby's car. Similarly, Tom reacts with anger and disappointment when he learns that Daisy is having an affair with Gatsby. Despite the fact that he too is unfaithful, Tom reacts by exposing Gatsby as a bootlegger. Essentially, both men are overwhelmed and take action to prevent their wives from cheating on them again.

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Tom Buchannan is a wealthy business man who comes from a well-to-do family from the MidWest.  He is married to Daisy and has a daughter yet seems to care little for them due in large part to the fact that he cheats on his wife with Myrtle, is physically abusive to his wife, and barely shows affection toward his daughter.  When Tom learned that Daisy was beginning a relationship with Gatsby, he found out as much information as he could about Gatsby and then called him out on all of the illegal things that he was into right in front of Daisy in order to ruin any possible relationship that Gatsby might have had with her.

George Wilson is a poor man who owns a gas station in the Valley of Ashes.  He is described in the novel as being "anemic" looking and "barely alive".  He seems to have no personality and does not even realize that his wife is having an affair until he finds a dog collar in her room.  When George learns about this affair, he decides they are going to move out west and then when he thinks that she was having an affair with Gatsby (and thinks that Gatsby killed her) he walks all the way to Gatsby's house and shoots him and then kils himself. 

These two men are similar in that they suppress their feelings for their wives until something goes wrong.  At that point, both men are then willing to fight for their wives and do what is necessary to get them back or get back at someone for hurting her. 

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In The Great Gatsby, what do George Wilson and Tom Buchanan learn about their respective wives and how does each man react?

Both George Wilson and Tom Buchanan learn of their respective wives' infidelity, and they react in opposite ways.

Tom is large, athletic, wealthy, and confident to the point of being a bully. Wilson is "spiritless. . . anaemic," poor, and blond with light blue eyes, which in literature is sometimes associated with being weak, sensitive, and/ or bland.  

We first see the interplay of the two men's personalities in Chapter 2. Tom and Nick stop at Wilson's garage-cum-used car shop. After receiving a hearty slap on the shoulder from Tom, Wilson asks him,

"When are you going to sell me that car?"

"Next week; I've got my man working on it now."

"Works pretty slow, doesn't he?"

"No, he doesn't," said Tom coldly. "And if you feel that way about it, maybe I'd better sell it somewhere else after all."

"I don't mean that," explained Wilson quickly.

This tells us everything we need to know about these men's relationship. Tom knows Wilson needs the car, and insists on taking his sweet time just to show he can. Wilson has to put up with Tom's condescension because getting that car is critical to his financial survival.

Their relationships with their wives are also different. Tom treats his wife Daisy badly, but she stays with him, largely for financial security. Wilson is henpecked. Because Wilson lacks money, his wife doesn't respect him.

Both men learn, apparently on the same day, that their wives are having affairs.  

Tom, who we would expect to react with rage and perhaps violence, is, after his initial shock and anger, unruffled. He is sure he is a better man than Gatsby, his wife's lover, so he simply sets out to prove to Daisy that Gatsby is a fake, and is confident Daisy will never leave him.

George Wilson, who seemed incapable of standing up to his wife, reacts to the news that she has a lover swiftly and decisively. He decides to move her out West. When she puts up a fuss about this, he locks her in her room. After an even worse turn of events, he plans violence against her lover.

Arguably, the men's reactions show Wilson loves his wife—however inconvenient that love may be—while Tom does not love his wife. Tom just needs Daisy for certain things in his life, and he knows she needs him in the same way.

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

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 his wife's newfound loyalty to him that he brazenly puts her in a car with Gatsby alone to head home. Tom knows his wife well and plays her weakness for high social standing to his favor in order to win her back.

George Wilson isn't as fortunate. When he "wises up" to "something funny" about his wife's behavior, he both gets physically ill and locks her away. Lacking the brazen confidence of Tom and having little in the way of resources, George believes his only option for saving his marriage is removing his wife from the entire situation. He doesn't know that Tom, whom he asks to help him with a car, is the man vying for his wife's affections; George instead fights against principalities. He also learns that his wife is so desperate to escape the world they share that she finds her way out of her imprisonment and into the path of the car which she believes holds her lover.

Thus, Tom, who is unfaithful himself, seems to know his wife and how to keep her better than does George Wilson, a man who is distraught over his wife's unfaithfulness.

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

George Wilson is a pitiful character who evokes much sympathy. He is obviously desperate to make his wife happy, but unfortunately lacks the means to do so. He clearly loves Myrtle but has been unable to afford her the life she so much desires - a life of comfort and wealth. They live in poverty in The Valley of Ashes, surrounded by grey, grimy decay - all symbolic of their miserable existence.

When George suspects that Myrtle is having an affair, he decides to hole her up in the room above the garage. His discovery, “I just got wised up to something funny the last two days,” has made him physically ill and he has decided that he and Myrtle would be moving West, "whether she wants to or not." He obviously believes that this would put an end to his wife's affair.

Tom Buchanan, on the other hand, is exceedingly rich. He is conceited and spoilt by wealth. His haughtiness makes him boorish and racist. He believes that women are mere playthings and he continuously indulges in extra-marital liaisons. When he discovers that Daisy is involved in an affair with Jay Gatsby, he is shocked:

"She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw. He was astounded. His mouth opened a little, and he looked at Gatsby, and then back at Daisy as if he had just recognized her as some one he knew a long time ago."

Tom later confronts Jay about the affair and reminds Daisy about some of the tender moments they had shared on their honeymoon and other occasions. The altercation between Tom and Jay frightens Daisy until she eventually relents and declares to Jay:

"Oh, you want too much!”

These words spawn the unravelling of all that Jay had planned for himself and Daisy and gives Tom the upper hand, so much so that he later confidently instructs his wife:

“You two start on home, Daisy,” “In Mr. Gatsby’s car.” 

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

Tom and George each discover in different ways that their wives are having affairs. Tom is violently angry at Gatsby for trying to take his wife away from him. He senses he is losing control of something that belongs to him. With Daisy, Tom is gentle. He tries to woo her back by reminding her of their honeymoon and assurring her that he has always loved her, no matter how foolish his behavior has been in the past. (He refers to his own marital infidelity. He had never been faithful to Daisy.)

When George learns of Myrtle's affair, he is heartbroken that she would be unfaithful to him and deceive him in the process. He thinks that Myrtle's conduct is immoral. He wants to take her away in order to break up her affair and save his marriage. He thinks everything will be fine if he can only leave with her. He locks her up to keep her from running away from him, which leads to her death when she does run and is hit and killed by Gatsby's car.

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