My idea of money was not far from that same thought. When you think of how many people have gained their wealth through selfish and corrupt ways, it is kind of hard to not have this thought process. Money can drive people to do things that they would never dream of doing. In his speech, Francisco d’Anconia speaks of how money demands our highest virtues. He talks about men who obtain their money through compulsion or by favors, instead of by consent or by hard work.
Due to Tom’s abundant amount of wealth, he has become very selfish and narcissistic Each character in the Great Gatsby embodies their own consequence of attaining great wealth. Their materialistic views still corrupt their lives and dreams. Nearly a century after publication the famous novel lives on to be a classic. The struggle between ethical values and desire for prosperity is still prevalent in today’s society. Nowadays social position is of less importance than back in the 1920 but still fame and wealth continue to be of much importance to
In the Great Gatsby, privilege comes into play. Privilege in this context means being born with advantages that you did not earn or work for. Some people have to work to get their money but others are born with money which means that they didn’t have to work for their money. Gatsby for example was not born with money. He had to make his own money by selling and dealing drugs and is now a very wealthy man.
The Connection of Wealth and Personality in Fitzgerald’s Works In our society, money is seen as the most important factor in decision making and in our overall lives. This is shown throughout all of Fitzgerald’s works and in many of his characters. His stories continually mention the effect that money has on the community. In one of her criticisms, Mary Jo Tate explains that “[Fitzgerald] was not a simple worshiper of wealth or the wealthy, but rather he valued wealth for the freedom and possibilities it provided, and he criticized the rich primarily for wasting those opportunities. He rightly identified that money - both its presence and its absence - does something to people” (1).
While new money became more common, the perfect American became an unachievable mixture of old money and new money characteristics. Because transcendence has become unreachable, it is scorned in The Great Gatsby through a corruption of common transcendentalism imagery. While hardworking industrialists worked hard to transcend and earn their pace, those born rich kept their wealth, having already transcended society. When one attempts to use the American Dream to rise socially, their lack of birthright to wealth leads to mockery. When one attempts to forgo social transcendence and utilize hard work to transcend intellectually, they are mocked for their lack of understanding surrounding modern America.
Fallen Between the Money Stacks At what cost should someone achieve the status of rich and luxurious? Should they have to abandon their friend, family or their dreams? Money is the focal point of life, it always has been, and it will always be the focal point of life. People think that having money will make them look better and more appealing, but in reality it is repelling. People who treat others lowly based on their income are not people who are focused on what really matters in life.
The American dream is a dream that America is the land of freedom and economic opportunity for all. Yet, America does not provide the American Dream to the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses all because the poor never get the same opportunity, nor reward, or rest. The poor service the rich, well rested, and greedy who excel in success of business, in order to survive. The poor are simply not aided enough about by the United States government. In the documented story, “Ellis Island: New York Harbor”, when it can be inferred that the immigrants are suddenly facing reality as they arrive and gain right of passage from the island to follow what they believe is the American Dream.
A main theme in the book is that all the people are very materialistic and today materialism is still a factor. Jay Gatsby would still be very popular and envied because of his wealth. There are people out there still today just like Daisy that value social status and money over morality. Just like in the book the economy is very good currently in the United States and people are spending more than ever. If one did not know Jay Gatsby they would think he was a self-centered rich man, but, he did not care about money.
How does the desire to pursue money and power negatively impact the characters' moral sense of right or wrong? Many people allow their social class and wealth to determine their belonging in life. In The Great Gatsby people with "old money" are more respected and superior than those with "new money". The characters' actions are driven by their desire for wealth and power. The carelessness that money creates allows those in power to bypass and disobey the laws because they believe their money will bail them out of trouble.
In his mind, Thoreau was able to buy dozens of properties with riches that he did not own. “I had but ten cents in the world…” (380). The writer clearly did not have an abundance of wealth in any way, shape or form, but the money he had is not what made him rich. His humility in any situation is what made him rich. His attitude in any aspect is what made him wealthy.