In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, the character George Wilson believes that Jay Gatsby, also known as James Gatz, is responsible for the death of his wife, Myrtle Wilson. There are several reasons why Wilson comes to this conclusion, as well as several factors that contribute to his belief. In this article, we will explore the reasons why Wilson believes that Gatsby killed Myrtle and how this belief affects the events of the novel.
One reason why Wilson believes that Gatsby killed Myrtle is that he is convinced that Gatsby is responsible for the death of his mistress, Tom Buchanan’s mistress, and his wife. Wilson is jealous and angry that Gatsby has taken his wife away from him and believes that Gatsby has killed her out of revenge or jealousy. This belief is further fueled by the fact that Gatsby is wealthy and has a reputation for being involved in illegal activities, such as bootlegging.
Another reason why Wilson believes that Gatsby killed Myrtle is that he has been manipulated by Tom Buchanan, who is also a suspect in Myrtle’s death. Tom is jealous of Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy Buchanan, his wife, and wants to get rid of Gatsby by framing him for Myrtle’s death. Tom plants evidence in Gatsby’s car and manipulates Wilson into believing that Gatsby is responsible for Myrtle’s death.
The belief that Gatsby killed Myrtle plays a significant role in the events of the novel, as it leads to Wilson’s decision to confront and ultimately kill Gatsby. Wilson’s belief that Gatsby is responsible for Myrtle’s death consumes him and ultimately leads to his own death as well as the deaths of Gatsby and Myrtle.
In conclusion, Wilson believes that Gatsby killed Myrtle due to a combination of his own jealousy and anger, as well as manipulation by Tom Buchanan. This belief has significant consequences for the events of the novel and ultimately leads to the deaths of several characters.