He considers money is capable of corrupting even the most innocent of people, who were living in peace and tranquility. Fitzgerald paints a picture of the greed that infects our world to this day. He addresses the problem with the rich which is still a relevant problem today. Fitzgerald represents the social elite as
The act of purposely embedding the impoverished in a position of further debt, especially with the only intention of benefitting those who are already rich, is an unbelievably extreme act of greed. From examining the prestigious publication, we can identify that this act of inequity was put into place by the senator. Normally, we would not expect an action of such acquisitiveness to come from a government official, so why would the senator commit such a horrendous act? It is clear that this act was demanded upon by the affluent. Not only does this source showcase the greed of the senator, but it also displays the greed of society.
Yojimbo’s primary universal themes are the destructive effects of capitalism to the society, the corruption of power, the clash between tradition and modernization, the question of morality and lastly, the beauty of friendship. These themes help the film successfully cross cultural borders because it illustrates a humanist take on these very realities which will be further discussed in this paper. The first universal theme is the destructive effect of capitalism to the society. In Yojimbo, each gang is in the business of either sake or silk with each wanting to dominate with their business urging them to battle each other. This demonstrates to the audience how human’s greed for money drives the gangs to be evil in order to rise to the top.
That period of time was all about alcohol, partying, gambling, fashion, and money. The Great Gatsby presents its characters as having living the American Dream. However, it is only a belief; the behaviors they have and decisions they take only leave them with a false perception of life and lifestyle. The Great Gatsby relates to the corruption of the American Dream for those materialistic people who were after money. 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.
A prevalent problem resulting from the industrialization of the United States was that the rich were getting richer while the poor were getting poorer, resulting from widespread corruption. In the Gilded Age, fraud and unethical business dealings were a common occurrence. Most famously was the Tweed Ring at Tammany Hall in New York, puppeteered by Boss Tweed where he bribed, scammed, and weaseled local politics and business together by taking advantage of the wave of New Immigrants in order to put money in his own pocket. Corruption like this robbed the average, hard working citizen during the Gilded Age. However, in the birth of the Progressive Era, monopolies and corruption were stamped out by pugnacious muckrakers and effective policies.
In the post World War One era where alcohol and flappers are prominent, the story of The Great Gatsby is told in first-person narration by Nick Carraway. The story takes place in the 1920s, in New York City, which is a symbol of wealth, materialism and “meretricious beauty” (Fitzgerald 98). This symbol is what causes New York in the 1920s to be seen as a corrupt time period where Gatsby is corrupt himself. Gatsby is a criminal; he is so focused on the materialistic ideals of the world that he is turned into a criminal, and is essentially one with his corrupt time period. This way he lives, where his life revolves around money and crime, is what causes him to create a dream.
Al’s involvement in organized crime increased the crime rate, the very thing that the prohibition laws were created to lower. Consequently, these laws were repealed. Alphonse Capone was one of the most legendary mobsters in history. He created a multi-million dollar empire of crime in Chicago who altered the face of crime. Works Cited: “Al Capone, Organized Crime.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 3 Jan. 2018, www.biography.com/people/al-capone-9237536.
Tom Buchanan Mr. Tom Buchanan is the classic representation of American greed in the nineteen twenties '. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Toms role is of the powerful, reckless, controlling, and cheating husband to Daisy Buchanan. Tom is of the upper class, he is proud of his old money, of where he lives, and his white race. Mr. Fitzgerald described Tom as a manipulator this being the worst of his qualities. Everything around Tom is destructive.
Fitzgerald is genius in his use of the sun as a metaphor in The Great Gatsby set in the Gilded Age. Realist author Mark Twain figuratively referred to this age (in the late 19th century to early 20th century) as an age that appeared golden and extravagant on the surface but was dull and corrupt on the inside. The rivalry amongst mega corporations, where the wealth accumulated in the hands of the few, bashed the poor into heavy poverty in the Valley of Ashes, whereas the sumptuously stylish men and women of West and East Egg lived according to the doctrine of the American Dream, ceasing to see anything beyond the money and success of the Gilded Age. Fitzgerald’s basic exegesis of this platonic world (a metaphysical world in which perfect forms of people, places and things exist) is reflected through the eyes of James Gatz, who creates a million-dollar form of himself, Jay Gatsby, in hopes of winning
Nick begins to get introduced into the world or riches and fortune being attracted to this world of wealth, but being a part of the “new rich,” he becomes first witness to their speculation of love and deception in life. He’s a witness to the new rich and the poor in which he lives. This speculation of love and deception in the life of the rich is yet too scar Nick for life, writing his scars in a journal to support him through this hard and difficult time. The action displayed in this film is