F. Scott Fitzgerald's book THE GREAT GATSBY is about a man of good intent losing his life to a fable dream and reveals that not everyone is who they say they are. This theme is evident through the character of George B. Wilson and Gatsby.

  • "He was a blond, spiritless man, anaemic, and faintly handsome."(Wilson 25)
  • "I've got my wife locked up there," explained Wilson calmly.(Wilson 136)
  • "He's a bootlegger"(Gatsby 61)
  • "I was in the drug business and then I was in the oil buisness."(Gatsby 90)

Characterization: George Wilson

  • Direct characterization:"He was a blond, spiritless man, anaemic and faintly handsome."
  • Indirect characterization:"George Wilson is the proprietor of a car repair shop located in the valley of ashes in Queens, New York."

Characterization: Jay Gatsby

  • "An Oxford man."
  • "Walter could have you up on the betting laws too, but Wolfsheim scared him into shutting his mouth."


"They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existence nose."(Nick 23)

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