Montague and Capulet are greedy because they refused to end their dispute even though it brought harm to their family and citizens. Friar Lawrence is greedy because he cared more about himself than anyone else. Greed is also present in Romeo and Juliet because they refused to be satisfied with the things they did have and focused on what they couldn’t have --
In her mind the people with the new money of West Egg are classless in their wealth. They were irresponsible and lousy with their money. She believed they often wasted it by spending it on pointless items that didn’t fit the high-class society. Daisy already had her money so she didn’t go out looking for money like the people of the “new money” community did. Gatsby’s false hope of the American Dream is reflected through the manner in which he is rejected from the elite class.
The modernization of society seemed to prize fame, wealth, and celebrity above all else. All this, combined with the breakdown in social ties created an empty self, shorn of social meaning. The decline in social norms that accompanied the modernization of society and the rise of individualism (with its focus on the self and inner feelings) also meant that the community and the family were no longer able to provide the same support for individuals as they once did. Many writers and intellectuals in the early 20th century hoped for the emergence of individualism instigated upon an understanding of the developing political and economic realities of the century. Freedom, they believed, requires more than a tyrannical assertion of the self.
Similarly, Bosch’s painting demonstrates the level of heaven to be peaceful and lacking people, but as one descends to Earth, the amount of people becomes enormous, with many engaging in sinful activities, such as succumbing to temptation (Bosch). Another negative effect resulting from too many material possessions is a lack of satisfaction, as is seen with Gatsby; he focuses on making his parties more “over-the-top” (Hawker) as seen in Luhrmann’s film, but this does not satisfy his need to find a certain woman amongst the crowd. His parties grow larger, and with it, his
Scott Fitzgerald is represented on how the wealthy not only looked down upon people of little wealth, but also those from all kinds of lifestyles who just did not seem to fit in their prime and extravagant lifestyle. The true meaning behind the disguise is that no matter what, the feeling of wanting more and more wealth will always cause the wealthy to feel as if they are superior than all those who aren’t. Wealth can rot a person from the inside and their lifestyle as a whole also created a feeling of hatred and resentment towards those who are snobbish and blasphemous due to their social class. This relates to the mid-1920s because it shows how ignorant and degrading people were. In society at the time, this book was written, during around the time where racism was common.
Money, wealth and power have always been in the forefront of man’s greedy and selfish mind and heart. Do all these things truly bring happiness? Great men have risen and fallen due to a failure to control their urges and tame the very things that they believe will free them. The characters in The Great Gatsby all struggle with that ideal. They subscribe to the idea that money can buy happiness; when in reality, all it brings to them is misery.
Many would argue that the American Dream was all about success and money, and if someone had lots of money they achieve the American Dream. Nevertheless, that success and money comes at a price. Many people are caught in between striving for the American Dream and are unable to afford it. The workers in the book are dirty, exploited, poor, and overall miserable. The Valley of Ashes presents a contrast between the rich and poor due to its location.
Even though there are many positive outcomes to being a musician, many become cynical, or self centered. They feel that they are not appreciated enough and become negative. By becoming negative, they influence this negativity among their audience and peers. Also, if not careful, musicians can become different than who they were. They can become self-centered and greedy due to the fame and fortune.
These ultra-rich don’t care about having a well curated library with meaning behind it, although they do care about the reaction people will have when they look at it. It is deceptive and a little sad that someone with wealth doesn’t use it to better themselves, but to one up other wealthy people.
It is a commonly recognized idea that people can be unhappy despite their wealth. However, one must stop to consider how much of this unhappiness is because of wealth. The characters of Eliza Doolittle in the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, and the character of Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations both experience hardships and periods of unhappiness as a direct result of their affluence. Be it long-standing or newfound, the fortune in these individuals’ lives is a negative influence in some way. Despite their drastically different backgrounds, Eliza and Miss Havisham show that money will inevitably bring about unhappiness either through being victimized by greedy and self-serving individuals or through the inability to adapt to a wealthy lifestyle.