More Money More Problems “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are very different from you and me.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald. In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the lavish lives people had during the roaring twenties, and it’s devastating consequences. The story followed millionaire Jay Gatsby while he was determined to repeat the past in order to win back his married lover, Daisy Buchanan. However, Fitzgerald was right when he said rich people live life differently, and the one thing they all have in common is at the center of their habits: vast amounts of money.
From his initial youth, Gatsby loathed poverty and longed for prosperity and sophistication. Such a short title, The Great Gatsby raises a lot of questions. There are two ways to read the title. One is to see it as an ironic and another is to understand it directly. Gatsby rises to the high class of society in a dishonest way; he's earned his fortune through illegal activities and tries his best to hide his past.
Instead of the rags to riches story, Morgan, born into a wealthy family, was given the financial world to conquer. “He financed railroads and helped organize U.S. Steel, General Electric and other major corporations while using his influence to help stabilize American financial markets during several economic crises.” Like most wealthy business men at the time, Morgan “had too much power and was accused of manipulating the nation’s financial system for his own gain.” Overall, Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan all built businesses for struggling industries in order to save the nation and help themselves succeed. Capitalism, America 's new economic system, depended on competition and played a huge role in the overall process. During this era, industries became so powerful that it had no competition and could charge whatever it wanted and have no incentive to produce cheaper, better products. This, along with other business practices, although not all practical or honest, is what allowed our nation to
The end of the reconstruction era gave rise to the gilded age. The gilded age was a time of economic growth. It was the second industrial revolution, urbanization, immigration and political/economic corruption. The congress and the big business were more influential than the presidency. The term ‘Gilded Age’ was termed by Mark Twain who described the wealthy who were covered in a ‘layer of gold’, a superficial layer can be peeled and reveals unpleasant things.
The Gilded Age was to describe America in the late nineteenth century. The outside of the US seemed glamorous and splendid alongside industrial development and massive economic growth. However, the dark sides were hidden beneath it. In my perspective, I believe we are living in the 2nd Gilded age. Here are four reasons why.
Joshua Lauri Professor Graham English 112 2/18/16 The Great Gatsby takes place in America during the 1920’s. The 1920’s were a booming time in America economically speaking. Many people obtained their fortunes during these times and their dreams. In “The Great Gatsby” the main character, Jay who is currently trying to obtain his dream. In this novel, Fitzgerald portrays the themes of love, lust, and obsession through the characters of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Bachmaun.
On one hand, Gatsby gains enormous wealth through his own effort from the bottom of the society, which could be regarded as “the great” from a practical perspective in his guests’ eyes. However, in the end, his success becomes just an illusion. His ultimate dream—Daisy’s love –cannot be gained even if he is that wealthy, and his tragic death indicates that “the greatness” of his striving is easy to be destroyed. On the other hand, “the great” also reveals that Gatsby used to be a great figure in his numerous guests’ eyes, when he is able to hold glamorous parties every week. However, ironically, eventually he is just a nobody that none of his friends except Nick care after his death.
Carton started out as a flawed man that cares about nothing, and thought nothing cares about him too. However he changes into a caring and loving man after he encounters Lucie. His road of life is filled with his love for her, and he will end this road for her loved one. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” He could not win his love from Lucie; however, will be loved by the readers forever. Carton is definitely a round, dynamic, and one of the most heroic characters in all the novels in this
Kane had amassed a great wealth and had a need for nothing, this led to him convincing himself that materialistic possessions made him happy, but what we see is that all he wanted was a normal life. Had Kane had a normal childhood with love and filled with experiences most children have, he would have not been so cold and cruel. Having amassed such great wealth had lost its vanity on him, we find him in a rut with nothing to achieve and most nothing that brings him pleasure in life anymore. The only possession in his life that brought him joy was Rosebud, the sled he spent hours going downhill
Also, the lunchroom of Carlos Third became his personal office. In the famous reforms he made, we can highlight the introduction of the Mora Army as his personal guard. Life in the palace was very complicated, people think living in a palace is a luxury and a place where you can just avoid everyday problems. However, this is not true at all, my grandfather had a very hard childhood in the palace, with constant guards, armed, walking around the place and no time to see his family in privacy. Related with the architecture, the place was very cold and every single object of furniture had a massive value, so my grandfather and granduncles had to be very careful walking around the place.
Interestingly, the son did not want to sell the company. Through aggressive marketing and low fees, he was able to make Gibbons’ son go out of business and be forced to turn over the company. In short, Cornelius Vanderbilt did not have a mixed legacy, as he had virtually nothing positive to work with. Plain and simple, Vanderbilt is and forever will be a robber
The crates of fruit confirm the colossal amount of money that Gatsby had at his disposal, money that he most likely had earned from the bootlegging trade. The business he conducted was most likely over the phone to wire money, for Gatsby was the face of the operation. He likely never participated in the running of the business, and his parties were diversions in which he and other members of the business could meet. As for the average party goers, Gatsby wants to know only one thing-if they know Daisy Buchanan. Just as others are obsessed with accomplishing the American Dream like Gatsby; Gatsby’s obsession is with Daisy Buchanan, his girlfriend of years past.
In the novel the Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald creates a main character that catches the attention of his readers that goes by Jay Gatsby although originally named James Gatz. He is the main character of the novel who is the namesake of the novel. Gatsby is a wealthy Bootlegger from North Dakota that moved to Long Island who pursues one thing and that is Daisy Buchanan, the love he lost five years earlier to another millionaire. He is very self conscious and cares very much about his outward appearance to the public. His quest for the American dream leads him from poverty to wealth, and to the love of his life as well as his death.