He also has an impulse to buy expensive items, including a brand new car, that aren’t a necessity to him (326-327). Donald, through his religious and generous nature, obtains a sense of fulfillment. As it is clearly stated in “The Rich Brother,” Donald believes that he has a “purpose in life” while Pete is not aware of his (328). Both Donald and Pete are considered “rich,” but the two brothers hold different definitions of the word. Pete is regarded as “rich” because he has great deal of money, and Donald is considered to be rich because of his kind, generous, and religious nature.
A main theme in the book is that all the people are very materialistic and today materialism is still a factor. Jay Gatsby would still be very popular and envied because of his wealth. There are people out there still today just like Daisy that value social status and money over morality. Just like in the book the economy is very good currently in the United States and people are spending more than ever. If one did not know Jay Gatsby they would think he was a self-centered rich man, but, he did not care about money.
In the book The Great Gatsby, Nick has a high opinion of Gatsby. Nick admires Gatsby as more than just a neighbor. He doesn't think of him as Jay Gatsby but as "The Great Gatsby". There are many reasons Nick feels this way for Gatsby. The three reasons I believe are more important would be his wealth, his new life, and his romantic heart.
Though there were many times when characters in The Great Gatsby are caring and sentimental, they are also very unconcerned and ignorant. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts the theme of “wealth can breed carelessness” using the literary devices and techniques of point of view, imagery, and flashback, to create meaning in his classic work. Fitzgerald uses these techniques to show us deeper into the luxurious, and extravagant lifestyle of Jay Gatsby and his fellow associates. Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby, has an essential role in the story line because without his point of view this novel would not be the same. Nick Carraway is second cousins with Daisy Buchanan, who may be one of the most absent-minded
David Hume holds the opinion that selfishness is man’s most substantial characteristic. He believes that though it is rare to find someone “who loves any single person better than himself; yet it is as rare to meet with one, in whom all the kind affections, taken together, do not overbalance all the selfish” (423). In fact, Moliére’s Harpagon is governed by selfishness and we must consider that this is the chief reason of his greed. Harpagon is selfish because he is delighted to hear declarations that increase his own-importance. When in need of money, Frosine puts on the masque of hypocrisy and flatters him, “You’ve got exactly the sort of figure women fall in love with, and you dress the part too”; “You’re irresistible.
Thus, Robinson introduces the theme of isolation.“He was a gentleman from sole to crown, clean favored, and imperially slim” (3-4). “And he was rich - yes, richer than a king - and admirably schooled in every grace” (9-10). The people of the pavement were biased; they perceived Cory as a king because he was wealthy, refined, and courteous. They idolized him with envy. However, Cory was discontent of his social status.
The short story “The Rich Brother”, Tobias Wolff writes about the interaction between two brothers who are driving to Santa Cruz. One of the brothers names is Pete who is a successful business and family man. The other brothers name is Donald; he is poor with no steady job but is still a vary compassionate person. Pete is helping Donald by allowing him to stay at his house until Donald can become self sufficient and able to live on is own. Tobias Wolff develops the character of Pete in “The Rich Brother” to show Pete’s understanding of success based on wealth and intelligence.
In the short story “The Rich Brother,” Pete and Donald are the two main characters that the plot follows. Pete is the older brother who is more accomplished and Donald is the younger, less financially proficient brother. Throughout the story the audience is exposed to both characters in various intense situations where each brother’s composure is shown. In many of these situations, Pete is the more of the hot tempered of the two as Donald seems to be more relaxed when stress arises. As the story progresses each brother exemplifies opposite sides of the spectrum of good and evil: Pete being evil and Donald being good.
Gatsby later tries to reconnect with Daisy, much to the dismay of Tom. Fitzgerald utilizes the characters of Gatsby and Tom to create parallels and highlight certain characteristics in both men. Tom and Gatsby are similar in that they both are very wealthy and love Daisy, each in their own way. While they share this similarity, there are a myriad of differences between the two. Tom is a racist, is part of the old money society, and does not face judgement for his actions.
Have you heard about some weird billionaires like Bill Gates? Gates is not only famous for his identity of billionaire but also well known for his asceticism. Applying to Pablo Picasso’s words, “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money” (515). Live as a rich man but think as a poor man. Living with lots of money does not necessarily restrict humans’ thoughts, if people can adjust themselves well in mental level.
As shown in The Great Gatsby, wealth and luxury has shown to result in ethical or moral corruption of one’s self. An example would be Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby: being the two richest men in the novel, they are shown to be corrupted in ways that are not what people expect. While Tom was born into the wealthy life in East Egg, Gatsby was originally a poor man named James Gatz and had to work his way into becoming a wealthy man in West Egg. Tom had strong power and importance in the book and that drew Myrtle out of the Valley of Ashes and she tried to obtain Tom in order to become wealthy. Both men have no regards for the other as displayed in chapter 7.