Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don’t want, and to impress people they don't like. In the book The Great Gatsby, a man named Jay was madly in love with his long lost girlfriend Daisy. Five years later when he finds her Daisy is married and has a daughter. Every character in the novel is money-obsessed, whether they were born with money, whether they made a fortune, or whether they’re eager for more. Money changed lots of the decisions the characters made, maybe even most of the decisions made apart from Nick were done for money.
During the 1920’s gang related crime was a serious issue. The leader of all this violence and corruption was a man named Al “Scarface” Capone (“Al Capone”). This organized crime, dehumanization, and corruption, became the ultimate image of Chicago for people throughout the world. He was largely immersed in things like gambling, prostitution, and the illegal sale of liquor. He was not convicted for any of his crimes, even the St. Valentine's Day massacre of 1929, until he was imprisoned for tax evasion (Horan).
As with every man, Dr. Jekyll was faced with a dilemma: whether to let himself go into pleasurable evil, yet lose his respectability or to keep his respectability and lose his pleasure (Stevenson 57). This temptation can be seen in numerous cases, especially in the royal one of King Midas (Story Arts par 3-4). King Midas was blessed with a golden touch that soon turned into a curse because he could no longer eat or touch anything without it turning gold (Story Arts 1-4). He soon lost his most valuable possession, his daughter, and it was only then that he learned that his greed would cost him (Story Arts 4). Similarly, Dr. Jekyll had to kill himself to end his greed by stopping Mr. Hyde from completely controlling him (Stevenson 56).
The lifestyles of the characters from “The Great Gatsby” and “Their Eyes Were Watching God” contrast economically speaking. During the 1920s, there was a large gap between the rich and the poor. “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven 't had the advantages you’ve had.”(Fitzgerald 1). Very successful
That’s one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn’t far wrong.” (7.127) Gatsby earned his fortune through the illegal sale and distribution of liquor. Rumors of Gatsby’s being a bootlegger circulated with partygoers in chapter four while indications that Gatsby may be involved in criminal activity are suggested in chapter five. A while after Gatsby’s death, a man named Slagle called saying, “Young Parke’s in trouble...They picked him up when he handed the bonds over the counter. They got a circular from New York giving ‘em the numbers just five minutes before.
Jaleel Louis Mrs. Kierez Period 2 December 14, 2017 Title: The Great Gatsby In the book, "The Great Gatsby", F. Scott Fitzgerald explains a story about money, love, and hollowness of the upper class. Corruption and carelessness is seen throughout the story, the cause of that is from money. Can money really change someone? The Great Gatsby has characters that express either wickedness or honesty, which are Gatsby, Tom, and Daisy. Money can lead to a life of selfishness and corruption.
Successful futures cannot be justified by the unethical actions of the past. In chapter 6, Gatsby tells us the truth about his past how he changed his last name and worked for a man who left Gatsby with some of his money when he died but, Ella Kaye stole it. He worked with Dan Cody and started to realize his obsession with being wealthy. He wanted to become wealthy himself one day. As Gatsby goes through his life,
Unfortunately, he had to leave Daisy to go to war. After the war, he was determined to find Daisy but five years later, his feelings are not reciprocated; Daisy toys with him, uses Gatsby to make her husband jealous, and allows Gatsby to take the blame for the murder of her husband’s mistress. The most tragic of the three protagonists studied is Jay Gatsby because he demoralizes himself in a futile attempt at expired love, he has few genuine companions, and he cannot let go of the past. Throughout the novel, the contrast between Gatsby's pure past and corrupt future illustrates the degree to which he changes to impress his love, Daisy. Before Gatsby became tainted, "he had been beating his way along the south shore of Lake Superior as a clam-digger... or in any other capacity that
Throughout ‘The Odyssey’, the greed and folly of men play a huge part in increasing the difficulty and severity of Odysseus’s situations and ultimately change his fate and the directions of his journey. The greed and folly of men are largely represented by Penelope’s suitors. In the very first book of The Odyssey, the disgusting actions of the suitors were introduced to the readers. Odysseus’s son, Telemakhos discussed the problem of the suitors to Athena. The suitors believed Odysseus to be dead, and decided to try and marry Penelope so they can inherit Odysseus’s wealth and kingdom.
In The Great Gatsby , Gatsby uses his money to get Daisy's attention to satisfy his desire. All throughout the novel the characters act on their emotions before thinking. People getting overwhelmed by their emotions is bad. Emotions that overpower people can result in violent actions. In the story, Mr. Wilson was devastated when Myrtle was murdered, he eventually seeks after revenge which results in Gatsby's death.
As shown in The Great Gatsby, wealth and luxury has shown to result in ethical or moral corruption of one’s self. An example would be Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby: being the two richest men in the novel, they are shown to be corrupted in ways that are not what people expect. While Tom was born into the wealthy life in East Egg, Gatsby was originally a poor man named James Gatz and had to work his way into becoming a wealthy man in West Egg. Tom had strong power and importance in the book and that drew Myrtle out of the Valley of Ashes and she tried to obtain Tom in order to become wealthy. Both men have no regards for the other as displayed in chapter 7.
Gangsters’ main methods of gaining control were by instilling fear into local business; once people feared them they were able to exploit them. “By the 1920s, Americans had consumed over twenty-five million gallons of illegal liquor, and bootlegging became a one billion dollars business” As the bootlegging business blossomed, street gangs became established gangsters. With their new found wealth they were able to pay off law enforcement officials. Many law enforcement officials took the bribe, because they were underpaid and overworked. Not only did gangsters have money, they now had the power of the law which made running their operations less complicated.