A main theme in the book is that all the people are very materialistic and today materialism is still a factor. Jay Gatsby would still be very popular and envied because of his wealth. There are people out there still today just like Daisy that value social status and money over morality. Just like in the book the economy is very good currently in the United States and people are spending more than ever. If one did not know Jay Gatsby they would think he was a self-centered rich man, but, he did not care about money.
Locke says “that is that a man’s wroth represented his proportion of the world’s gold and silver”. Thomas Papillon says that money is measurable with the value of commodities in exchange and announces that the wealth of a country can be formed only by gold, but also silver currency and commodities present in the country. Edward Leigh shows that goods have more utility for humans being than money and no matter the market and the money will follow you understand that there will always be people wanting to have a good., but Locke says that the value of money is compared with the utility of the good, it’s not a price, it’s what they can do with it in the real life. Also Locke said value of gold and silver is unique and imaginary and had created the possibility of money exchanges. Humans have assigned a particular value to precious metals through their appreciation and thereby forever fixed
By the Thrasymachus’s point of view he thinks there always one side is stronger then other. As he described when there is partnership between two men there is always unjust man has more than just less. He also talked about when there is income tax the just man will pay more and unjust will pay less even though the income is same. He said people who does justice suffer more than who is unjust. By his view “ But when a man beside taking away the money of the citizens has made slaves of them, then, instead of these names of reproach, he is termed happy and blessed, not only by the citizens but by all who hear of his having achieved the
The common moral of many well known stories is that money doesn 't not equate to happiness. You can live life without money and yet maintain a blissful life. In "On the want of money" however, an essay written by William Hazlitt, the author outright denounces this cliche idea and points to money as a key ingredient to a prosperous life. He claims that money is one 's life line to success in this materialistic world as without it, you will be subjected to the constraints of poverty and it 's harsh effects. Hazlitt builds on his argument of the necessity of money through his use of powerful diction,clever syntax through long repetition,logos, and an assertive tone.
These types of men claimed to benefit the society most in these positions of power because, due to their wealth, policies did not affect them personally – they were so rich that essentially nothing could threaten them. This, the rich men claimed, gave them an unbiased perspective on what was best for the whole of the country. “The people” have always been an ever-changing group, as Hamilton noted at the Constitutional Convention, giving their desires a more temporary focus – not the long-term stability desired by the elite for this new republican society.
Kelton shows a profound understanding of the laborers mindset, and about the vagueness that infects followers and rivals at the same time. He depicts those as well sure about themselves in a lesser gratifying color than those with uncertainties. It is seen that people who are against the rebellion are slaves to the American strategy of the winner-gets-everything state of mind and flattering to those people with more wealth simply since they possess more wealth. They don’t have a dissenter and dubious
Gatsby achieved wealth, and one would say that he did, in fact, complete his dream. However, when a wealthy person isn’t acknowledged at the same level of importance as other people of high status, it is difficult to accept it as the truth. During a fight with Gatsby, Tom states, “the latest thing is to let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife” (130). This shows that even though Gatsby was wealthy like he wished, he would never be able to fully accomplish that goal because he was “new money”, meaning earning wealth later in life, rather than being born into wealth. The people who were born into wealth, or the “old money”, consider themselves to be of higher class because they never struggled to be powerful and all that they had was handed right to them.
Fitzgerald may have found this title fitting because this is somewhat similar to the life of Gatsby. He has made his riches after coming for a less fortunate lifestyle, which is similar to Trimalchio. He has also become involved in some illegal dealing that could also represent Trimalchio’s ways of earning his fortune. The one I found the best would be Gold- Hatted Gatsby because I feel like Gatsby lives this very opulent lifestyle that the reader could imagine him wearing a gold hat, and one I found not a suiting is One the Road to West Egg because I feel that does now capture the full light of the novel, and that it would not have fully reflected the novel. Question 4:
Locke believes that men have the ability to achieve fantastic economic growth and material prosperity. The key to achieving this growth and prosperity, in Locke’s opinion, is to labor more productively. Locke believes that even in the state of nature, people have a right to private property. This right exists even when there is no government or sovereign to enforce it. Even when there is a government, it is not in their power to decide who gets what.
(Whitehead, 2016). The changes in the Progressive Era were not a result of the big industrialist changing their minds, because they like having things that were latter banned in the Progressive Era. The robber barons got rich by cheating the poor people who were either their worker or their customer. Ways they cheated people
The TED talk video by Paul Piff discussed how socioeconomic status impacts the behavior of a person, and wealthy people are more likely to have an unethical behavior than those come from poor background. I agreed with Piff, because I think that how our mind works. Our mind recognizes of the advantage that we have and uses it for our own benefit. Wealthy people are more likely to commit crimes because they know that they can afford to pay for any penalty. Similarly with the deindividuation effects, when a person knows that they are protected behind a monitor screen, and their identity is hidden from social media and Internet forums, they will not hesitate to give a hateful speech to others.
In my opinion, Bernard ‘Bernie’ Madoff’s Ponzi scheme was too carefully thought out to be considered a short-term strategy as a means to get ahead. Instead his scheme was fueled by greed and eventually caught up with him and those who were involved with his firm’s unethical behavior. I presume Madoff’s greed for wealth transpired from his moral philosophy of “if we act rich, we become rich”, which was to appeal to others as being more wealthy than e and his family were (cite). In order to keep up appearances, both personally and professionally, Madoff needed to continue the unethical behavior via fraudulent financial activity to account for the movement of funds, which is not in compliance with the regulations set by the U.S. Securities and
Nature plays a huge role in the “Second Treatise of Government” by John Locke which was read and analyzed throughout class. Anthropocentrism is highlighted throughout Locke’s text; the belief that humans are at a higher value on earth opposed to everything else. Locke brings in the question of what kind of state is nature classified as with it comes to his political theory? ; Intrinsic or Instrumental. Locke's political theory is that each person has a right to product of his or her labor (rights of property).
John Locke would not think that democracy is a great principle of natural law but except in small groups. In Locke's perspective, people must freely consent to be governed - the thing is that no one will freely consent to have their natural rights violated - but pure democracy makes it too easy for a majority to impose laws on a majority that the majority would not consent. Locke claimed that men are naturally free and equal as part of the justification for understanding legitimate political government as the result of a social contract where people in the state of nature conditionally transfer some of their rights to the government in order to ensure the stable, comfortable enjoyment of their lives, liberty, and property. Since governments exist by the consent of the people in order to protect the rights of the people and promote the public good, governments that fail to do so can be resisted and replaced with new governments. Locke states in the Two Treatises that the power of the Government is limited to the public good.