Zerkow’s cultural stereotypes results in his constant unhappiness with his lack of riches, the unhappiness and death of his wife, and also his unexpected death. Norris shows us how Zerkow is not only incapable of overcoming his racial tendencies, he deprives himself of rising from a lower to a higher social class
For example, it states “ It seemed to me that I never had heard the town clock strike before, nor the evening sounds of the village”. For Thoreau it’s like going to a whole different place. This quote demonstrates that Thoreau is an outcast not because he has be rejected from society, but because he lived outside of society. In contrast to transcendentalism, in Irving’s dark romantic short story, “The Devil and Tom Walker”, the main character is an outcast because the people reject him from society. For example, it states “‘You have made so much money out of me,’ said the speculator”.
Have you ever encountered someone whose life endured a great amount of disillusion or failure? These aspects relate to each other-one might cause the other- and create tragedy. Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman the main characters in the books The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller both lived lives that did not meet their own goals. Both Willy and Gatsby created their own destruction when their chances at achieving their objectives were unattainable. Willy Loman lived a more tragic life because of the constant change he wanted to achieve that never played out in his favor.
When Gatsby and Daisy first met, “he was a penniless young man” going to the war. It wasn’t his money that interested her, it was his charm. This time he wanted to impress her with money, because he knows that Daisy is wealthy. It was obvious that Gatsby was stressed out about how he was going to approach Daisy in this quote “An hour later the front door opened nervously, and Gatsby, in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie, hurried in. He was pale, and there were dark signs of sleeplessness beneath his eyes.”.
Last but not least Gatsby’s parties symbolize how artificial wealth is, the people who attend Gatsby parties think that he is leaving this life where he is above of everyone else that around him and he cannot be touched. One also sees that the people attending these parties think Gatsby is living the American Dream. This is not true because one sees that Gatsby greed has gotten him nowhere. Last but not least Gatsby greed gets him in the grave. Although Gatsby and Daisy had a history, he cannot come in five years later and think he can win her back from another man.
Obsession can blind you, it can stop you from paying attention to the possible mistakes you can make because you are so focused on your goal you don’t think about anything but that. In the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a fiction novel, published on April 10th 1925. Fitzgerald shows that Gatsby’s obsession with his of idea Daisy led to temporary successes that eventually led to failures. His obsession with the idea of what he thought of was the perfect Daisy led to his illegal money making business; his obsession with Daisy also led to him having no real friends and thirdly, no true love. Firstly, Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy led to his successes that eventually led to failures of money.
To Tom, the East Egg is superior. Gatsby ultimately becomes enemies with Tom because he is a bootlegger and makes his relationship with Daisy all too clear to see. He accepts an insincere dinner invitation which angers Tom even more because he begins to realize there is something going on between Gatsby and his wife. This aggressive and unfriendly relationship between Gatsby and Tom proves that Gatsby is foolish because he does not think of the consequences for his actions in the long run if Tom finds out. He made little to no effort to hide it and Daisy does not help.
The deception of the characters in Fitzgerald’s novel signifies the emptiness and artificial lifestyle of people in the 1920s. From a young age, Gatsby has never accepted the life he was born into, always seeking a way to participate in the abstract customs of the rich, resulting in his lies to convince Daisy as well of others of his rich background. Gatsby is presented as a character that has not been able to transition his life to the present day time period, keeping his eyes shut from the realities of his dreams, "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can! "(Fitzgerald 116).
When Daisy leaves Gatsby for Tom he is devastated because Daisy was everything to him and he wanted to recreate what they had in the past. Due to the evidence provided above that is why even though Gatsby obtained the wealth that he wanted it was through unethical means it did not help with his biggest goal of winning Daisy’s love
“Jurgis sat with his hands clenched and beads of perspiration on his forehead, and there was a great lump in Ona’s throat, choking her… No, of course it was not fair, but then fairness had nothing to do with it, and of course they had not known it; they had not been intended to know it” (Sinclair 74).Sinclair is attempting to insinuate the hidden and evil parts of capitalism in the sense that the agent who sold Jurgis the house never told him about the interest, because Jurgis would not have bought the house if he had known that he would have to pay extra on top of the mortgage. Jurgis and his family have been cheated out of buying a house that they can never own, and the government allowed this to happen. Through the situation of the house, Sinclair represents capitalism in that its power is not apparent and exploitation is concealed and difficult to
“Few Americans knew about the Hoover’s extensive charitable efforts during the Depression because they insisted on making them a private affair. And while Bert and Lou scored an “A” in the individual-good-works department, they flunked the official course altogether, failing to come up with a style of leadership or legislative agenda that was equal to the enormous task before them. The result was sad and predictable: America got sick to death of the Hoovers. In 1932 they lost the White House to a couple of radicals named Roosevelt whose ambitious ideas, so Bert and Lou believed, would ruin the country. Events would prove them wrong.” (193) Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry were the Roosevelt’s predecessors and for the most part, not a
In F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway is swept up into a tumultuous summer in New York during 1922, during which he learns more than he possibly wanted about the shallowness of the wealthy along with their blatant lack of morals. Tragedies such as the Civil War and WWI caused people to feel that the claimed happiness brought about by working hard to become rich was nothing more than a fabrication. As a result, countless Americans became disillusioned and threw out any sense of morality left in them. In addition, the loss of morality caused people to feel that religion was no longer applicable and instead they turned to reason and logic when answering life’s questions. Fitzgerald criticises a loss of morality in modern American
Although Prohibition was intended to get rid of the temptation of liquor, it had the unintended effect of turning many honest people into criminals. By excluding liquor from society, the government without knowing made it even more desirable, something enthusiastic customers had to get. No other book captures this untamed and happy-go-lucky period to the exact extent like Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. Throughout the novel Gatsby, have extravagant parties. Nick says, "The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher.