An initial reading of “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair might appear to be literary fiction, further analysis suggest that it is primarily a work of propaganda. Sinclair uses the protagonist of the story, Jurgis Rudkus to show the difficulties the family went through. In “The Jungle” immigrants were not treated right and Sinclair exposes the human flaws of people to show how the lower class society was mistreated. The family experiences this when “Ona was sexually harassed” (chapter 15) by an upper class, puppet to the capitalist society, Conner. This disgusting man took advantage of a poor immigrant girl.
The Great Gatsby GEOGRAPHY Throughout the novel, places and settings symbolize the various aspects of the 1920s American society that Fitzgerald depicts. East Egg represents the old aristocracy, West Egg the newly rich, the valley of ashes the moral and social decay of America, and New York City the dissolute, amoral quest for money and pleasure. Additionally, the East is connected to the moral decay and social cynicism of New York, while the West is connected to more traditional social values and ideals. Themes: The American Dream "Whereas the American Dream was once equated with certain principles of freedom, it is now equated with things. The American Dream has undergone a metamorphosis from principles to materialism."
This dream of everyone for the better life, but it was evident that this dream only truly caused corruption and disruption, disruption of human life. This phenomenon of 1920’s that broke fates of many people, people that believed, people that worked hard. The Great Gatsby is a novel that demonstrates what happened to The American Dream in the 1920’s. The desire to have much money and to have love sometimes is not realizable. In the novel of Fitzgerald we see cynical post-war judgments about love and human actions, the novel is a kind of synthesis that graphically demonstrates us the entirely period of time, tragic period of time, period of the loss of human values, period when the human lost himself, frustrating period.
In Oliver Twist, author Charles Dickens attacks the decomposing morals of Victorian society and law in the form of writing. He addresses major social conflicts and struggles between the rich, who hold positions of power, and the poor and working class who fight for economic justice. In addition, the book is representative of the need for moral values based on the author’s believe that people should not be oppressed, that every person deserves a chance. The story offers a contradiction central to bourgeois consciousness, which embraces conventional bourgeois ethics and demoralizes and suppresses the awareness of the harsh social realities. Dickens creates, rather illuminates, a society in which conflicting morals between the society and social reality in relation to poverty, childhood innocence, as well as, the transcendental moral values which that innocence embodies are rampant, slowly destroying the foundations of Victorian England.
“The Great Gatsby”, written by the eminent American novelist Francis, was honored as cornerstone of literature in Jazz Age. The story sets in the background of America society in twentieth century, describing about the depression of a rich man Gatsby, who constantly pursues “American Dream” in his life. The fiction consists of several themes such as idealism and modernism to underscore the social and economic injustice. What’s more important, the wide usage of symbolism is one of exemplary and remarkable features in “The Great Gatsby”. Most of elements in the story, the context of story, the characters’ personality and the features of objects have their own respective symbolic meanings.
The Great Gatsby was F. Scott Fitzgeralds 's perspective on the degenerating society of America along with the concept of the American Dream in the 1920s. Today in our society, one problem that has always piqued my interest is greed. Greed has been a problem in society since mankind has started, and it continues to grow and take different shape and form. The Great Gatsby is a book where greed is the root of the story 's conflict and how it is the bane of America’s morals existence. The novel takes place in the 1920s, narrated by the protagonist Nick Carraway.
Society is constantly under the criticism of authors. Many writers seek to expose certain aspects of American society and their scorn of it. Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald are renowned for their work on this subject. In The Great Gatsby and The Age of Innocence, Fitzgerald and Wharton reveal their cynicism of the societal elite; they find the elite as a severe detriment to American society. Through symbolism and the characterization of their main characters, Wharton and Fitzgerald similarly depict the societal elite as depriving American society from a promising future by refusing to let go of the past.
Therefore, many novels were written to point out the negative effects of the American dream. Parisa Ghangizi and Parvin Ghasemi took Great Gatsby as an example in their article, Degeneration of American Dream in F. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to explain how the degenerated vision of the American Dream was strongly presented in Great Gatsby’s theme, and the deterioration of the concept of American Dream changed from the pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of money. In this novel the main character great Gatsby represents the category of people who became more and more obsessed with money and materials gains. The green light at the end of Daisy’s dock symbolizes what Gatsby longs for the American Dream; this green light signifies the green color of the dollar bills. Daisy cannot bring happiness to Gatsby which means Money itself cannot buy
Jan Lopez Mrs. Herrick English 2 Honors Pd 4 16 January 2018 To Kill a Mockingbird: Essay #1 Throughout history, an individual’s status in society would have been determined by one’s affluence. Discrimination based on one’s level of wealth are one of the fundamental values acknowledged in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel resides amidst the prevalence of segregation and economic declination of the American Great Depression, thus instituting a difficulty in one’s survivability. In conjunction with this time of calamity, Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird instills an apparent disparity of economic classes that is distributed amongst its characters throughout the Alabama town of Maycomb. This notion of economic disparity is manifested
This poem is about using materialism to win over the affection of someone, which is exactly what Gatsby tries to do. To begin with, the first glance we get of Gatsby is his extravagant parties. Gatsby uses parties to show off his wealth, hoping that it will grasp Daisy 's attention. "On week-ends his Rolls Royce became on omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains" (39; Ch 3). Gatsby throws extravagant parties to try to give off the illusion that he is old money.