One of the major quotes stated by Nick’s father was "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven 't had the advantages that you 've had." This advice Nick received from his father formally speaks about the poor people living in the valley of ashes.
During those times, anybody with even a slight hint of a weakness was a victim to prejudice. Candy, Crooks; Curley’s wife. That fact that you were old, disabled, black or even just a woman was your ‘weakness’. It started a long path of hate, lies, deceit and sadness. But in some points in the novella, Steinbeck twists aspects of the Great Depression, and morphs them into similar yet impactful versions of his own.
His travels is first among diminutive people--the Lilliputians, then among enormous giants--people of Brobdingnag, then among idealists and dreamers and finally among horses. Each book has a different theme, but their common trait is to deflate human nature. Swift 's satirical attacks on humanity are relatively mild in Book 1 . A series of amusing and ridiculous happenings in this part provide readers a relaxed atmosphere. For example Swift ridicules the Lilliputian by showing the “High/Low Heels” conflict : “For above seventy moons past there have been two struggling parties in this empire… from the High and Low Heels on their Shoes , by which they distinguish themselves.
The American authors & media paid massive attention towards the stereotypes about the 1920s from reality, which causes these two factors difficult to be distinguished from each other, F. Scott Fitzgerald reprobate the superficiality and material excess of the American culture before war, showing the prosperity that went wrong in the wealthy society of New York; this can be seen in The Great Gatsby. Authors felt satiated of the overly materialistic and spiritually deprived American society, which caused them to live in Europe. Daisy Buchanan affiliates with Jay Gatsby & Tom Buchanan, concerning the relationships. Daisy is married to Tom of who are
In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald characterizes the 1920s as an era of decayed social and moral values. One of the major themes explored in this novel is the Hollowness of the Upper Class. The entire book revolves around money including power and little love. Coincidentally the three main characters of the novel belong to the upper class and throughout the novel Fitzgerald shows how this characters have become corrupted and have lost their morality due to excess money and success and this has led them to change their perspective towards other people and they have been portrayed as short-sighted to what is important in life. First of all, we have the main character of this novel, Gatsby who won’t stop at nothing to become rich overnight in illegal dealings with mobsters such as Wolfsheim in order to conquer Daisy’s heart.” What thoroughness!
What problems could possibly be in this time that is so fondly remembered? Like most time periods there were problems that were hidden under the surface of perfection and happiness, though the war has ended there will always be a turmoil on the domestic side dealing with simple events of everyone’s everyday lives. The tragedy The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald unravels the ugly truth of the 1920’s while perfectly capturing the soul of the Jazz Age. The aforementioned truth being how love, and the American dream can destroy truly amazing people. Jay Gatsby or also known as the Great Gatsby is an amazing person, who is in the wrong business.
“Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children’s party taken over by the elders,” said F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby (n.p.). After the World War I, in 1920s, abnormal economical success dominated over Americans which is called the Jazz Age. At that time, people pursued cheap pleasure and full of entertainment: parties, extravagance, and dissipation. The Great Gatsby criticizes such profligate appearances and fakes in the Jazz Age through the protagonist, Jay Gatsby, who was in the lower class, was full of fakes, and struggles with Tom Buchanan and with George Wilson to gain power for achieving his ex-lover, Daisy—who is the reason that he yearns for power.
In some people’s eyes though, it is obvious that Tom and Daisy live the opposite life of someone achieving The American Dream. There relationship is doomed and full of cheating. Nick once went as far as saying, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy, they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made (Fitzgerald 179). It’s ironic to think that Tom and Daisy were literally born into this “perfect world” and still couldn’t accomplish The American Dream. Tom and Daisy were very privileged and took everything for granted.
According to an anonymous primary source from the era, “Now in addition to these injuries, were with the arts of [greediness] afflict the provinces, comes the appalling greed of the provincial Governors, which is ruinous to the taxpayers’ interests.” These men work for their own self interests, not the public’s, which defeats the purpose of a democracy. “For these men, despising the respectable character of their office, think that they have been sent into the provinces as merchants…As for the Governors, the buying of recruits, the purchase of horses and grain, the monies intended for city walls – all these are regular sources of profit for them and are the pillage for which they long [...] who carry on private [money making] under the guise of
Throughout the book Blyth discusses in three ways how the practice of austerity is negative. The first problem with austerity is that it is very distributional. It really is unfair that the people that caused the financial crisis are being bailed out of because of their higher positions. The working and poorer classes that rely on government public services are expected then to pay for a mess