The late nineteenth century was a pivotal moment in American history. During this time, the Industrial Revolution transformed the nation, railroads had dissipated all throughout the country, and economic classes began to form, separating the wealthy from the poor. One of the wealthiest men of this generation was Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish immigrant who fled to America to make millions off the railroad, oil and even steel businesses. Carnegie is considered one of the richest men in history, and even with all that wealth he decided to give back to the community. As a matter of fact, Carnegie donated most of his funds to charities, universities and libraries in his last few years.
In John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath the theme of comparing the rich and poor occurs consistently throughout the book. On page 266 when Casy spoke about the rich man with a million acres, he made a statement about even though he owns so much land and has so much money, he may feel poor inside. Steinbeck uses repetition by restating the word “poor” many times allowing the reader to comprehend how the word ‘poor” means more than just the lack of money. He also compares the rich man and Mrs. Wilson. The man being who everyone desired, rich and owning a lot of land.
The competition amongst big business where the wealth accumulated in the hands of the few bashed the poor into heavy poverty in the Valley of Ashes, whereas the sumptuously stylish men and women of West and East Egg lived according to the fantasy of the American Dream birthed in the Gilded age, so they cease to catch sight of anything beyond the money and success that the Gilded Age is known for. Fitzgerald’s basic exegesis of this platonic world is reflected through the eyes of James Gatz who creates a million-dollar platonic from of himself named Jay Gatsby in hopes of winning the heart of his long love, Daisy Buchanan. Instead of rekindling the relationship with the woman of his dreams, he woefully sacrifices his truth for a lie and falls victim to the illusions of the American Dream. Nevertheless, the sun represents the blissful side of the American Dream, which Gatsby--and most characters--identify with due to its great magnitude (like the sun’s size); in contrast, most
Andrew Carnegie, the leader of the steel industry in the 19th century, epitomized the concept of greed by yearning for supplementary profits within his company; this greed greatly affected the lives of many, including Carnegie himself. Andrew Carnegie was considered one of the richest men in the 1800s as he was the
To some the Gilded Age was a time of great success and job opportunities. To others it was a time of constantly wondering whether or not they were going to have a job that or day, or if they were going to be fired and then replaced by a machine or a another worker who could do the labor for a cheaper price. Jay Gould, a wealthy business owner, tells us about his success and how other people are not as successful because they did not work hard enough or there own misfortunes. Thomas O’Donnell, a textile mill worker, tells about the hardships he and his family goes through besides him constantly working. It can be argued that the economic achievements of the Gilded Age looked different from the eyes of a shop floor worker, compared to the eyes of a corner office business owner.
The last trait that describe Parris is greedy. He proves himself to be greedy when he says”I regard that six pound, Mr. Proctor I am paid little enough without I spend six pound on firewood.”(Miller, 180). He is being greedy in this line because he gets more then other people in salem and yet he is mad because he thinks minister should get paid way more then a farmer. In this he is showing that he wants to get paid more pounds and be supplied with more fire wood. Reverend Parris is a major character in “ The Crucible” and had a big impact in how the story played out.
As a result of hunger poor man steal for food a rich man waste his food, but the presence of food is much relevant for survival. After quench his hunger only man can think for another. In The Grapes of Wrath how food and money change people go against their own folks. Primary concern of a man is to feed his own family. If he has sufficient, he will think for others, if he lack for his own what he will do?
John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men argues that poverty is necessary for a society to continue functioning, despite its harsh and psychologically damaging effects on its victims. The wealthy are the ones exploiting the poor individual’s labor and other tasks for their own benefit and success. Steinbeck uses the experiences of the characters to develop the feeling of empathy for the characters’ unfortunate encounters. In both Curley and the boss’ case, they seemingly looking out for their own cause and ignoring the position their workers are put under. George even states how if he and “Lennie work a month…[they’ll] have a hundred bucks” (30).
The African Americans would receive death threats in their place of work almost daily and were made to feel as if they were only there to benefit the economy (Phillips 39) For many years in American History, African Americans only received training to be skilled workers, as it didn 't seem necessary for them to receive any further education (Blanton 1). However in the 1920’s, rates of African Americans who completed high school and moved on to receive a college diploma began to increase (Juergensen). The number of employed African Americans nearly doubled from 1920-1930 and continued to increase as time went on (Canaan). African Americans positively attributed to the booming economy of the 1920’s and continued to show other Americans just what they are capable
It is easily seen from this poem that the speaker and his coworkers are blue-collar workers. They all work for different reasons, but what it all comes down to is, they are there for the money. When this poem is written the narrator's family has died and his perspective is changed. He no longer works for a paycheck considering his inheritance money has apparently made him wealthy. Human connection is what he has lost, and is now working for.