Some of the most successful people in the history of this marvelous planet have been wealthy. In order to be prosperous, one must be made up of money. Some even correlate wealth to success. The definition of prosperous is the upcoming of wealth and success. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald displays some of the characters in the book being prosperous through the color gold. The color gold symbolizes prosperous, because in The Great Gatsby the color gold serves as wealth and as success.
Richard Morris Hunt’s mansion depicts a large mansion build in 1895 owned by one of America’s leading architects of the 19th century. He implanted a high Victorian Goth architectural design for the construction of this large mansion. This mansion covers four acres of floor space, has 250 rooms, an indoor swimming pool, priceless artworks, and adorned furnishings; the epitome of wealth.
Out of the three quotes, Socrates quote, best outlines my philosophy. In the words of Socrates, “An individual must do what his city or country demands of him or he must change their view of what is just.” This quote is basically saying that we have to follow what the majority of society believes, or change the view of society to what our definition of “just” is. Slavery is a great example because at one point it was accepted by the majority of society. Then much of society started to rebel against the idea, and realized that owning another human being was wrong. Now the idea of enslaving another person would be greatly disputed and rejected.
In Andrew Carnegie’s essay “Wealth,” he believed that he had a responsibility to spend his money on something to benefit the greater good. He believe that the rich should distribute their wealth responsibly to benefit society. One of his quotes say, “The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.” Carnegie starts off talking social Darwinism, the issue of inequality and how and if he could fix it. Capitalism ensured that the smartest and most talented people would rise to the top. This would make them become significantly wealthier than anyone. This meant that power and wealth was concentrated in the hands of a small number of people. This made a huge divide between the rich and poor. Although the divide between the rich and poor was significant,
Andrew Carnegie was the father of industrialized steel in the 19th century and owned the affluent Carnegie Steel Company. He quickly expanded steel’s production, became one of the wealthiest men in the world, and thereafter became a striving philanthropist. The pinnacle of Andrew Carnegie’s life was in the midst of the Gilded Age, an era of economic growth that included an underlying societal corruption. During this time, penniless laborers became upset with the unfair way that wealthy industrialists treated them and began to strike against these colossal companies. In 1889, at the peak of his accumulation of wealth, Andrew Carnegie wrote a famous essay titled “Wealth” that described the gap between the rich and the poor. In his justification of wealth, Andrew Carnegie argues that the rich men in the world are vital to society and must use their wealth responsibly in order to ameliorate the lives of the poor.
There can be no wealthy without the poor. Wealth is measured in material goods; he who has more is wealthier man. Often times, this material wealth will come to the expense of others. The material goods used by the wealthy need to come from somewhere. Many times, it is up to the poor to provide for the wealthy. The poor sacrifice their wealth, happiness and even life for a chance to be like the wealthy. The wealthy will sacrifice the same in order to keep this wealth. Both classes will do almost anything in order to be the privileged of society. Both the wealthy and the poor sacrificed in the events of The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Throughout the events of The Great Gatsby, the indulgences of the wealthy lead to the downfall of
An important theme in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is the corruption of morals because of wealth. It doesn’t matter if one comes from old or new money, wealth will corrupt the morality of even the humblest. The first example of wealth corrupting morals is in the indifference to infidelity between the married Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. The next example of wealth corrupting morals is seen in Jordan Baker’s actions to keep her luxurious lifestyle. Third, Jim Gatsby’s pursuit of wealth lead to the corruption of his morals. Then, we will see Daisy Buchanan’s moral corruption due to her wealthy upbringing. Lastly, Nick Carraway’s conversation with Tom will show how wealth has corrupted Tom’s morals in such a way that it leads him to rationalize his decisions and actions, believing that what he did was right. Wealth is the source of moral corruption within the characters in The Great Gatsby, wealth is the source of their actions and decisions, it is the reason for their warped sense of what is right and wrong.
In Plato's Gorgias, it is apparent that Socrates has no desire to be a good statesman as it is defined in the eyes of the Athenians. His calculation is that Athenian rhetoricians place no reliance on facts or truth, nor are these their aim. Instead, they rely on the illusion of knowledge, and this morally weakens both themselves and their audiences. It is clear however, that if he wishes, Socrates is able to match most or all of the other statesmen in Athens, as is clearly indicated by his very eloquent speech which ends the dialogue. Additionally, under his own definition of a good statesman, it is evident that Socrates is more than qualified. Through discussion, he is able to conclude that a statesman should be concerned solely with truth
People believe being wealthy means having everything, which then is believed to make people happy. It really leads to a draining and corroding life. Yellow is said to be the color of depravity, representing acts like death, but is also is similar to the wealthy color gold. Yellow is an artificial representation of wealth and a portrayal of corruption and death in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby.
The author of the article “ What it Takes to be Great” is named Geoff Colvin. The article was published in Fortune on October 26 2006. The topic of the article is what is needed to achieve greatness and how people have achieved greatness. The question researchers wanted to answer is How did people achieve greatness? What is needed to achieve greatness? They looked at how famous people like Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods achieved greatness to find the answer. The common belief is that people are born with greatness and they either have it or they don’t. Colvins argument is that people have to want greatness and work hard for it. People are just given greatness they work to be great. The major features of deliberate practice is to continually
Was Socrates right to say he would stay in Athens no matter the consequences, or should he have fled Athens to avoid death? Socrates was right to say he would stay in Athens no matter what because first, he believed he was sent to Athens or “placed in Athens” for a specific reason and he also believed that even though the Athenians found him as a threat and annoying, he believed that it helped them.
Socrates started his life as an average Athen citizen. His parents worked, making an honest living. But as Socrates grew up, he began to realize that his mind questioned things and wondered how come no one else questioned the same things or at least think about the answers to the questions that were not answered. So, as his mind kept wandering, he began to acknowledge the questions that were not answered and sought for those answers. He ended up believing and teaching things to other people, whether it went against the way the Athen government or not, he still continued his work. Making enemies and becoming the topic of conversation, the Athenians began to view Socrates as a threat to their beliefs and way of life and sought to end it. In order to end this, Socrates was accused of blasphemy (Mod1SlideC7). Socrates’s accusers took him to court and after Socrates did not play their game by asking to be sent into exile, and in the end, he was sentenced to death. After reading the textbook and Plato’s writing influenced by Socrates, I realized that in the period of his life Socrates was indeed truly a threat to the Athens society, because he looked for answers that no one else bothered to find which challenged their culture.
For this week's journal entry, I would like to bring up the idea of "wisdom" in reference to Plato's Apology. Personally, I find that the way in which Socrates defends is wisdom is admirable, and although it leads to the verdict of him being killed, I think that this decision and the reaction by Socrates helps define wisdom. Socrates, in essence, says that he does not fear death because he is wise. No one knows what death is -- perhaps it may be the best thing a person gets to experience. However, a person that is unwise would approach death into thinking that it is the worst thing that can happen in life.
Virtue is defined in many ways. Some say that it comes from the Latin word ‘virtus’, meaning virtue or courage, which comes from the other Latin word ‘vir’, which means man, meaning that virtue is the qualities of a man, such as courage. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines virtue as, “conformity to a standard of right [and/or] a particular moral excellence” (Merriam-Webster 899). With all these definitions floating around, it is hard to determine what virtues really is and what it really means to have virtue. In Plato’s Meno, Socrates and Meno discuss the definition of virtue and whether it can be taught. They conclude that virtue cannot be taught, “that virtue comes to the virtuous [(those who possess virtue)] by the gift of God” (Plato