Fitzgerald reveals the idea of corruption in the American Dream through conditions such as wealth and materialism, power and social status, and relationships involving family and affairs. He uses examples of this corruption to show the reader that people are willing to lie, betray others, and commit crime to be able to live a ‘better and fuller’ life. The need for money and materialism throughout The Great Gatsby shows the decay of the American Dream.
Walter proves this foreshadowing as he is talking to Travis and says, "...your daddy's gonna make a transaction... a business transaction that's going to change our lives" (Hansberry 547). In this line, Walter is hinting at the liquor store investment, that no one in the family approves. A few days later, Bobo pays the Younger's a visit to update Walter on the investment. Walter finds out, along with the rest of the family, that Willy, their other business partner took all of the money and ran off with it. This upsets the whole family and Mama says to Walter, "You mean...your sister's school money...you used that too...?"
Reader Response: 3 “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, is a play about a black families experience in 1950s South Side Chicago. The story revolves around what happens to the family when Lena Younger, the matriarch of the family, receives a ten thousand dollar life insurance check upon the death of her husband. Everyone from the family has different plans for what they want to do with the money. Lena Younger serves as the head of the family. She is Walter and Beneatha’s caring mother so they and Ruth call her Mama.
All the King’s Men In “All the King’s Men” by Robert Warren politics corrupt the people who were once revered for their courage to speak against evils. The reason that politics corrupts is the pressure that politics places on those who take part in it and the people they interact with. Corruption is an effect of politics and all of the things that Warren shows alongside it. Warren displays how politics corrupt through Willie Stark’s alcohol abuse during prohibition, love affairs that influence his political career and transformation of Willie Stark’s beliefs from selfless to selfish tendencies. Willie Stark begins to abuse alcohol during his time as governor and this is a major factor in his corruption as it is during the prohibition
A Raisin in the Sun Money is one of the things in the world that a person can become obsessed with. In the story “A Raisin in the sun” the author Lorraine Hansberry shows how a family is changed by the lust of money. A widow, Lena, her son Walter Younger, his wife Ruth and daughter Beneatha all lived under the same roof. Lena just lost her husband and is receiving a check for his death. With the money, Lena wants to buy a new house for the whole family to live in but everyone else in the family sees a different type of opportunity.
Selfish. These are all traits that would describe Walter Lee and his actions. Walter Lee is a character from the play A Raisin in the Sun in which a black family tries to get out of poverty and go against stereotypes by trying to start over with their Grandpa’s life insurance money. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry explores the concept that greed leads to being blinded by money and forgetting about one’s loved ones as shown by the climax of the play, the character of Walter Lee, and the effect that his actions have on the rest of his family. The Character of Walter Lee shows that greed blinding a person can cause him to forget about the ones he loves.
Chicago served as a home to numerous walks of life in the 1950’s, and much of the differences in realities were based on differences in race and people’s opinions of segregation. Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun is based off of real life experiences, and it authentically tells the story of an african american family that strives for equality and The American Dream. Walter Younger, the father of the family, battles with deferred dreams of his own and for his family. Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun and Nina Simone’s song “I Wish I knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” both portray Walter’s emotions throughout his daily struggles with his family as they dealt with segregation and destitution. Money was a large contributor
The business world wasn’t the only thing corrupt but the railroads were too. With the railroad industry growing the companies knew they could charge huge rate and gain a large profit. Congressmen were paid off to be quite about the scandal and kept it to themselves. The railroads raised the stocks and were given to well-liked companies. The wealthy men in the railroad were suspected to careless for the people who worked for them.
During the Great Depression money and jobs were a difficult thing to attain, instead, what Frank Lucas does is steal money and pursue immoral acts to achieve his desires. This ties in with Frank Lucas in the film because he does corruptive actions, like the one’s in this quote, that prove his character becomes destroyed by immorality. It is evident that Gatsby and Lucas great aspirations destruct each of the character’s nature. It is evident that Gatsby’s emotional conscious is demolished because he does not care that he is enacting illegal work for his dream. Tom accuses him of pursuing his unlawful acts and from Gatsby’s reply he shows no guilt.
In general everyone in society is threatened by their money, they feel helpless against their money. They think money is the most powerful thing you can have. They might also look up to them for the reason of their money. They see the socs as powerful people, and they want to be like them. They want them to be perfect, so they think that and lie to