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. He uses examples of this corruption to show the reader that people are willing to lie, betray others, and commit crime to be able to live a ‘better and fuller’ life. The need for money and materialism throughout The Great Gatsby shows the decay of the American Dream.
The following essay will argue and explain Holden’s view on authenticity, phoniness, truth, and his quest for answers to all his existential questions. Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye is a wealthy adolescent who cynically rejects the superficiality of post-war America and no longer tolerates the empty values of his society, therefore in his personal view he regards superficial people as “phonies”, for they are neither truthful towards their selves nor authentic. In Holden’s quest of self-discovery his view on truth is recognised when he feels sorry for pretentious liars like Lillian Simmons and has a strong sense of fairness as he tries to correct injustice and unfairness. On this existential self-discovery quest, Holden finds himself questioning life and gains enduringly endearing qualities which establishes his views. The perception of authenticity can be described as the notion that people ask questions about the substance of directorial standards of society, and consequently they discard certain behavioural enigmas of the society which they belong to.
Jay Gatsby symbolizes the crucial American Dream, yet the symbols surrounding him display an immoral side of the dream. Gatsby’s parties signify the materialistic component of the ideal American life. According to most critics, both Gatsby and Daisy represents the American Dream. Jordan Baker reveals to Nick that “[Gatsby] half expected [Daisy] to wander into one of his parties, some night” (Fitzgerald 85). The parties display the massive amount of money that Gatsby has at his disposal.
The narrator of the novel is Nick Carraway, a former soldier who is now selling bonds in New York. This novel has become significant because it has given us a deeper outlook into human nature and what one will do to reach their goals. In this novel, James Gatz’s goal, aka Jay Gatsby, is to become rich and make something of himself. He does end up becoming very rich, but not without compromising his morals. Some people become too clouded by his wealthy image that they do not see him as anything but the embodiment of greatness.
The evolution of Gatsby’s desires show that Fitzgerald believed the American Dream could easily become addicting. Analyzing Gatsby’s progressive desires, from wanting wealth, to wanting Daisy, to wanting to change his entire past, shows how the American Dream can become much like a drug, corrupting the mind, and creating constantly stronger cravings leading to an inevitable overdose. Throughout the novel the narrator, Nick Carraway, slowly becomes more acquainted with the elusive millionaire, learning not only his hopes and desires, but his past as well. While discerning through many “speculations” about Gatsby’s past (even the story Gatsby had emphasized was his “true” upbringing), Nick
Through Mr Birling, Priestley demonstrated the life of the 1920s ‘hard-headed businessman’, influenced by greed, money and power. He shows no remorse or concern for his wrongful actions unless they affect his position in society or finances. Priestly believes that capitalism was responsible for both world wars and Mr Birling portrayed as a defiant capitalist. Priestley used Mr Birling in ‘An Inspector Calls’ to highlight the need for change in his 1946 audience if they want a peaceful, fairer, more caring future society. Priestley set his play in 1912 as it purposely contrasts to the time when he was writing in the mid-1940s.
Gangster Movies are morality tales: Horatio Alger success stories or 'search of the American dream ' upside down on criminals live in a dream world invested success and wealth. Often poor immigrant families, often prey characters gangster crime in the pursuit of wealth, status and because all other paths "normal" in the top material possessions (clothes and cars) are not available to them. Although they are doomed to failure and inevitable death (usually violent) offenders are sometimes portrayed as victims of circumstances, because the stories are told from their point of view. Movies for reference: GodFather: The Godfather is a movie with such strong characters that people idolize them. While for those who see the film for an entertainment purposes will not grasp the concept of crime being glorified in the movie.
The plot of this tale revolves around a crazy man of humble descent, who contrives in his mind a life of wealth and fame for himself. In his phantasmagorical dreams, the madman imagines himself as a general, a governor and even an emperor of Spain. He commonly disassociates himself from the peasants, describing them as the rabble. The Diary of a Madman is not just a ridicule of a single madman; it is instead a denouncement of the entire ruling class. In general, the contrast between human nature in Gogol’s Ukrainian tales and human nature in his Petersburg tales is striking.
Francis Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a novel documenting the experiences Nick Carraway has in New York, is ultimately used to voice Fitzgerald’s perception of the American dream. Fitzgerald validates this thought by using all of the poverty stricken characters in this novel to represent an attempt at a rags-to-riches story. This is most notably seen in Gatsby’s ascent to wealth through organized crime to satisfy his American dream which is to be reunited with Daisy. Gatsby’s attempt to fulfill his dream was accompanied by a variety of corruption and jealousy by Tom as he ultimately redirected George Wilson to conclude that Gatsby was accountable for both the affair and death involving Myrtle. Although Gatsby in the end fails to achieve his
Showing the inequality of poor and the rich because many families were not able to do the same thing the Carraway. The American Dream believes that anybody able to become successful if you work hard enough. But that 's not truly shown by the example above giving the poor a disadvantage. Daisy who is crazy rich and the lover of Gatsby and the wife of pro footballer Tom tells a story about one of her butlers as an extra job was polishing silver till it ruined his nose because of the strong odors showing that wealth consumes the poor. The butler was willing to destroy his health for money, which is ridiculous.