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Myrtle is gregarious and insecure. She believes she married low, settling for a man (George) of little prospects. She he has been having a long-term affair with Tom Buchanan. Myrtle wants the wealth that Tom has to offer and despises what she feels she has settled for with George. George Wilson is a listless and disillusioned man. His only motivation is for a wife he thinks he does not deserve. Myrtle's death means the complete breakdown of George's life and identity.