From his initial youth, Gatsby loathed poverty and longed for prosperity and sophistication. Such a short title, The Great Gatsby raises a lot of questions. There are two ways to read the title. One is to see it as an ironic and another is to understand it directly. Gatsby rises to the high class of society in a dishonest way; he's earned his fortune through illegal activities and tries his best to hide his past.
It says that Ruthven “always gambled with success, except where the known sharper was his antagonist, and then he lost more than he gained; but it was always with the same unchanging face, with which he generally watched the society around” (p6). It is possible that the antagonist lost this game on purpose, as to reward the other player for his tricks and cunningness, as suggested by his otherwise successful streak as well as the “unchanging face”, which shows the noble’s confidence and apparent control over the situation. The crucial point, however, is that “when he encountered the rash youthful novice, or the luckless father of a numerous family; than (..) this apparent abstractedness of mind was laid aside, and his eyes sparkled with more fire than that of the cat whilst dallying with the half dead mouse” (p6). The cat metaphor does not only support the earlier statement about Ruthven’s predatory nature, as it also highlights the idea of enjoying oneself at somebody else’s expense. Nevertheless, the most important word in this sample is “apparent”, as it indicates that he was, in fact, fully aware of his surroundings at all time, only waiting for a new victim to arrive.
The Outsiders Have you ever wished you could be rich? Or have a bigger house? Do you think that those who are not rich are a menace? Well in the book The Oustiders by S.E Hinton, The socs are more of a menace than the greasers because of the money they have, their parents mindset, and the society’s popular choice. The socs are a menace because of the money they have.
Corruption is displayed because the people are using what they have as a way to feel more important and more privileged. The split of these two groups provoke the characters to show off and make the point of having pride in being wealthy which relates heavily to common American society. Source E author explains the habit of Americans when all of a sudden the unaffordable becomes affordable even with no money, “Thus did Americans begin to spend money they didn’t yet have …” (Source E). While evaluating the extent to which this theme relates to common world, many people can see that corruption dealing with money is a huge
This type of disillusionment was also shown in The Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby worked really hard in order to be wealthy, so that he could impress Daisy Buchanan. However, it did not impress like he thought it would. For example, Daisy Buchanan said, “I love you now – isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past” (Fitzgerald 140).
Money and revenge are his motives, and he does not care who he has to hurt or mislead to obtain his goal. Elizabeth Bennett is immediately attracted to Mr. Wickham upon their first conversation in Meryton. He seems to be an upstanding gentlemen, an officer, and a hard worker. The two begin to spend many
Baba is a wealthy man in Afghanistan. His son, Amir, has always been greedy because he has never learned to appreciate things. Instead, he expects them. As Amir grows older, he desires more attention from his father. For example, Amir loves to read and write, but his father wishes he had an interest in something more masculine.
Gatsby often felt that he must be apart of a society based on wealth and power not confidence. Thus, involving in criminal activities. He becomes used to this kind of lifestyle and does not find anything amiss about these activities because they form a part of his fantasy. From youth, Gatsby ruins himself because he is upset with his social position – wishing
Ultimately, these actions led to his demise. Firstly, Willy Loman is a tragic hero because he is obsessed with American Consumerism and making as much money as he can. He disregards everything else in life, besides money. He was power hungry and greedy, and because of that he chose a career that he didn’t like over something he loved doing. He chose to follow the paycheck that comes with the job instead of the love he felt for the job.
Another, example of how having too much ambition can be through julius Caesar “Throughout his career, Caesar gave the impression that he always knew where he was going and what he was going to do when he got there. That impression eventually proved to be his undoing as it mutated into an imperious arrogance that cost him his life.” While Julius Caesar was able to gain the power he had because of his ambition it was also the thing that cause his downfall and assassination. He made decisions that did not help anyone, it was the ambition making the decisions rather than himself. The fact is that Julius Caesar's ambition pushed him to strive to continue the greatness he had supplied the Roman people with so long, that he became arrogant and selfish, which negatively affected his life. In conclusion, having too much ambition in one’s life, or being too overambitious, will eventually lead to one’s downfall and failure in life, like clearly seen with Julius Caesar and many more “has-been”
Another value that was key to the success of Louie Zamperini was society. At first Louie was a delinquent trying to find endless ways to make money even if it included stealing. When people heard the name Louie they knew it involved something bad but whenever they heard the name Pete they thought good things. People referred to them as “Pete the athlete and his no-good, troublemaking brother Louie” (Benge 26). But once Louie began running and doing well in races Torrance saw the other side of Louie.
Jay Gatsby lives his life through corruption, devotion, and his resolve to control. Gatsby has a firm devotion for things and people he desires; he feels that if he achieves material wealth, he can live a countless life. Gatsby corrupts himself due to his yearning for social status and wealth, as Nick says; “his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents” (104). The idea of his imagination not accepting his parents shows his yearning for wealth. By using the term imagination, it suggests that Jay Gatsby, is just part of Jay Gatz’s imagination, created for social status.
Walter was a son, husband and father desperately seeking success in A Raisin in the Sun. To Walter, the definition of being successful was financial wealth, something he didn’t have at the time or growing up. Walter isn’t very happy with his life working as a chauffeur for a white man not having any advancement opportunities. To Walter his life is a disgrace and he is in desperate need of an entrepreneurial venture that will bring him financial security. Walter puts so much energy and time into seeking ways to become wealthy, but he wasn’t willing to put in the necessary work to achieve this goal.
Money was a huge motif of the whole movie. Every decision made came down to how the profit would be affected. For example why the companies wouldn’t own up to the incorrect disposal of poison was because of money or why Jan wouldn’t originally take the case was because he felt as though it wasn’t a profitable one. This is very problematic for any person, we live in a world that revolves around money and a lot of us don’t care about the people below us because we become greedy and selfish. I also said passion because I feel like Jan’s attitude really went from one end of the spectrum to the other.
I had trouble making friends and I possessed little confidence in myself. I struggled to obtain good grades in order to avoid getting ridiculed by my parents. My father constantly lectured me on what to do to avoid the failure, he, my mom, and my sisters had experienced. Mistakes had already been done for me, therefore; I should not make anymore. In my mind, I understood he only wanted what was best for me, but I was emotionally drained.