Rationale This written task revolves around the novel, “TheGreat Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The written task is based on the scene ofMyrtle’s death from the car accident. The car accident led to the death of bothWilson and Gatsby as well. All of these events took place in chapter 7 and 8 ofthe novel. The intention of this written taskis to investigate the scope of a minor character, George Wilson. Wilson ischosen because he plays a major role in how the book ends. Even though he is aminor character in the book he is the reason why Gatsby is killed in the end.
In order to write this task I reread the accident scene in the book, as well aswatched the a clip of the accident scene in the movie. This allowed me to gaina better understanding of how Wilson speaks and how I would have answer all ofthe questions. The chosen text type for this taskwas a police report of both the accident and the murder. This allowed me totake a more objective view on both scenes.
(Word count:189) CASE FILE #0825Party of Concern: George Wilson Date: Aug.24, 1922Time: PST.20:30 PMLocation: Wilson’s Garage, Valley of Ashes Last night an incident occurred around est. 7:30 pmin front of Wilson’s Garage, owned and operated by George Wilson. George Wilson’swife, Myrtle Wilson, was killed in hit and run situation by an unidentifiedspeeding vehicle as she was crossing the street. According to an innocentbystander, named Michaelis, the car was bright yellow in colour and the driverwas reluctant to stop, and ended up speeding away. George Wilson was interviewed on thenight of the accident to get a better scope of the situation.
The interviewbelow was conducted after Mr. Wilson had calmed down. Q). “Pleaseintroduce yourself.”A). “Well, myname is George Wilson, and there’s my wife, Myrtle, lying there on the table,dead.
Me and Myrtle got married a while back and we’ve been livin’ at this automobileshop since. We make a living off buy’n and sell’n cars, but business here doesn’tseem to run smoothly so we decided to head off West to escape from this heatand settle down somewhere else, somewhere nicer; but that never happened…
Myrtle’s gone.” Q). “What happenedbefore the accident and why did Myrtle run out?”A). “To be honest,we were having quite a heavy fight back there. Myrtle’s a cheater.
A sneakylittle cheater…, but I loved her.
Caught her wearing a pearl necklace that Idon’t seem to remember getting her; so she must’ve gotten it from someone else,right? Let’s say things got physical, I was mad and confused and was kinda shockedactually. I’ve never expected Myrtle to cheat on me like this, with anotherman, still could hardly believe it. So yeah, we were shouting and yelling ateach other. I tried taking hold of her, but she ran off. She just ran out ofthe house, but for some reason, as that ridiculous yellow car came by, italmost seems like she was running towards the car, as if she knew the persondriving it, and so I thought the driver was for sure the man who stole Myrtleaway from me.” Q). “Who are thesuspects?”A).
“I know who’sresponsible for this! It’s that bloody fella, Tom Buchanan. You see, Tom washere to refill his gas during the afternoon and he was driving a yellow car,just exactly like the one that hit Myrtle. Oh that bastard, how dare he hurt myMyrtle. And in his car was a man, I believe he’s a Nick Carraway, and there wasa women –a famous golfer or something –don’t remember her name.
It could beanyone of them. This also gave ma suspicion that Tom is the one secretlycheating with Myrtle! Why in the heavens would Myrtle head to the city everysingle time Tom stopped by?! After all, he visits us most often… You bastardTom, you’ll pay for this.” After thisconversation Mr.
Wilson was put on hold to cope with his loss. He has given usthe lead we were looking for. Date: Aug.25, 1922Time:PST. 8:30 AMLocation: Wilson’s Garage, Valley of Ashes More informationwas needed, so we conducted another interview the next morning. Q). “Do you haveany new information of who the suspect might be?”A).
“Wellactually, yes, I did receive further information over the night. A couple ofminutes after the interview last night, I don’t know, around half past ten? Tomshowed up. I tried to strangle him, of course I did! I thought he killed mywife! Apparently, Tom just came back from the city. He explained everything.
Hewasn’t driving the yellow car. He said he knew the guy. Gatsby.
Jay Gatsby. Tomlent his car to Gatsby during the afternoon. At first, I thought he was lyingtoo, until I saw his blue coupe. Furthermore, Tom said he knew this “Gatsby”really well. He told me that Gatsby has been sneakin’ around having affairswith women all over the place, and Myrtle was probably one of them. I’ve nevermet him before, but if he’s the one having an affair with my wife, things won’tend pretty for that filthy dog. Everything is clear now, you see, Myrtle ranout to the middle of the street because of HIM.
She knew it was HIM, and shethought he was going to help her. Little did she know that he did not give adamn about her. That’s all I have to offer for now if you would excuse me, Ihave an important meeting to attend.
” Time: PST.9:15 AMLocation: Wilson’s Garage, Valley of Ashes Further investigationof the crime scene. Jay Gatsby added to the suspect list.
Mr. Wilson exits thegarage. Time: PST.11:30 AMTime of Death: PST.
10:00 AMLocation: Gatsby Mansion, East Egg, Long IslandSuspect: George Wilson Jay Gatsby’sbody was found floating in the pool. George Wilson’s body found meters away onthe lawn.Evidence: Smith& Wesson M1917 pistol (4/6 rounds loaded)Cause of death:Gatsby was shot by Wilson, who then committed suicide.No witnessesreported. After an interview with more bystanders at the scene, no furtherevidence was found for the continuation of the case. Conclusion of the CaseAfter the deathof both the suspect and the victim the case was dropped.
In conclusion, Wilsonmurdered Gatsby because of an internal conflict between them. Gatsby was havingan affair with Wilson’s wife, Myrtle. Jay Gatsby was the primary suspect in themurder of Myrtle Wilson.(Word count:938) Source:Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York:Scribner, 1995. Print.