Rockefeller: The Captain of Industry that has helped our country thrive “The best philanthropy” he wrote, is constantly in search of finalities- a search for a cause an attempt to cure evils at their source” - John D. Rockefeller John D. Rockefeller was the richest man of his time but, used his wealth to improve our country. Rockefeller entered the fledgling Oil industry in 1863, by investing in a factory in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1870 Rockefeller established the Standard Oil Company. With the establishment of the oil company Rockefeller controlled 90% of the oil business in America by 1880. Coming with a successful business is people trying to find faults in your greatness.
Big Daddy only considers Brick as his heir. It is clear why this is the case because they share certain tendencies. Big Daddy represents the American dream. In the time of Great Depression, he managed to become rich. On the other hand, Brick who is in much more prosperous times, fails to accomplish what his father did.
Gladwell shows that in many cases a person’s success was determined by one or two overlooked factors, such as gained experience and cultural time period. These factors are uncontrollable, but, in the end, they make up a person’s foundation. Gladwell classifies these people as outliers. One such person who can fit into this classification is Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in American history. Many historians credit his wealth to his perseverance and his cold-hearted business strategies.
Money can have many effects on a person. While lack of money can make a man miserable, wealth can do the same. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited” shows that wealth can still cause unhappiness and therefore shouldn’t be viewed as an ideal. A person should rather work towards constantly improving oneself. Charlie, who is the protagonist of the story, was once very rich.
While the movie shows the achievement of the American dream, the book shows its failure. In the book, Jay Gatsby who came from modest roots and was able to gain a huge fortune through working hard, is the embodiment of the American dream. The term American dream is usually associated with a dream owning of money and property. However, when we see the American dream through Gatsby’s dream, its different. He has
West Egg inhabits people of newfound wealth whereas East Egg houses those of old money. He main character, Jay Gatsby, was a man of new wealth. Coming from an unstable family, it was Gatsby’s goal to become wealthy for one girl, Daisy Buchanan. To Gatsby’s dismay, Daisy came from old wealth, which caused great conflict throughout the whole story. Gatsby was known as a self-made man; however, he wasn’t the kind of self-made man most strive to be.
Gatsby thinks of himself as a dream chaser, a person who is working hard through his life to get his beautiful memory back to him. Money is just a tool to bring his beloved girl back. People believed that his money all came from his rich family as Gatsby wants them to, which means that he was born rich. However, Gatsby actually earned the money on his own by taking high risks selling illegal alcohol. Since he knew that Daisy married a rich man, he decided never to live without money.
Kane represents the ideal American man. He was born into poverty hence one of the unwashed masses, his family struck gold hence he became suddenly rich. He builds an empire taking risks and building himself up from a poor young boy to the holder of one of the biggest fortunes in the world. While on one hand Kane represents the American Dream, on the other hand he also is an example of how this dream is corrupted and perverted. Kane himself states that if he hadn’t become rich he might have become a great man.
On the other hand the easterners have inherited their wealth. East egg and West Egg not only symbolizes this but also the fact that the easterners are "old money" who have powerful and influential social connections and the westerners are the newly rich "new money" who made fortunes in the 1920's boom and therefore have no social connections and tend to overcompensate for this lack with lavish displays of wealth as Gatsby did with his parties. There is also the american dream that hard work can lead one from rags to riches. Gatsby shortcuts this however in his quest for Daisy and ends up corrupting it with unscrupulous transactions. The past and the future Nick and Gatsby are continually troubled by time the past haunts Gatsby and the future weighs down on Nick.