Money has a powerful influence on the perception of people. Motivation can bring good things to those who have a lot of fortune. Riches is what makes the American Dream come true because it can either buy materials, love or even identity. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, makes a direct relationship between money and the pursuit of the American Dream. In the novel, money plays the role of motivation and changes in people.
This shows that a big reason Gatsby wanted to be rich is just to impress her with his money, which is why he invited her over his house. I do not want to be successful just so that I can impress someone, I want to be successful for myself and for my future family. The next goal of Gatsby is to be with Daisy and to start a life with her. While I do want to be with someone, I am not obsessive like Gatsby, who basically stalks her for 5 years. He became rich just to impress her, moved to West egg to be close to her, and throws parties just hoping that she decides to walk in one time.
(pg. 121)” and “I (Olivia) learned that the world revolves around money. (pg. 135)” both display the inequalities between those wealthy and those poor. Mulligan conveys the differences by emphasising that with bundles of money, people are able to buy impressive things such as grand houses or lots of servants and show off to others, which can impact their reputation with companies and people by making themselves seem worth more.
In Rachel Sherman’s “A Very Expensive Ordinary Life: Conflicted Consumption,” the argument centres around the “legitimization” of wealth by the New York’s upper class in order to be seen as not only rich, but morally worthy. The possession of great wealth alongside their less fortunate peers could be uncomfortable also for those that hold the city’s riches. Hence, New York’s affluent has “legitimized” their wealth and consumption, or on a more macro level, the inequality between the social classes in the city in order to feel more comfortable in their spending, and to manage the impression of the wealthy in the eyes of the greater public in the much morally contested behaviour of lavish spending in an unequal society. This is supported throughout the reading by the justification of excessive spending and consumption by the claim that the rich live an “ordinary” life. The need that they feel towards justifying their spending comes to show that their amount of spending is excessive in the eyes of the ordinary person, in which they also acknowledge themselves as well.
What causes poverty? A question such as this is important to consider when trying to determine why the income gap in America has increased so greatly. Based from Maya Wesby’s article Why the Rich Stay Rich and the Poor Stay Poor, the key determinate to someone’s financial success is related to the environment in which they are raised. It is essentially the privileges of being born or brought into a wealthy family that gives them the advantage over the majority of the population. The most interesting part of this to me is that those who are privileged enough to have these advantages in life often do not see themselves as so.
Wealth and class were big on the American Dream. In the Great Gatsby, society let the rich become imprudent and carefree. The idea of success was to become wealthy and well recognized. When
So, Jay, who was born poor, works extremely hard to become rich. Nonetheless, by the time he does indeed become rich, it is too late, as Daisy had already married the wealthy, Tom Buchanan. Society had told Gatsby and Daisy how important being rich was to the American Dream, as achieving riches meant happiness. When in reality, it is up to the individual to create and decide what his or her, American Dreams should be. For it is them who know what they truly desire.
James Gatz had an appetite for wealth and a distaste for poverty. Despite his humble beginnings, his sheer ambition and determination fueled a passion for him to achieve ‘The American Dream.’ Ashamed of his rather poor upbringing, James Gatz changed his name to Jay Gatsby in an attempt to forget his personally shameful upbringing. This enabled Gatsby to erase his past and start anew. Gatsby was fixated on becoming affluent. As Philip Cross mentions in his article, “morality’s “fundamental decencies” are parcelled out at birth as unequally as ability, and are just as important to acquiring wealth,” which clearly shows the thirst for acquiring wealth replaces the integrity you were born
Tom and Daisy didn 't love each other, and Myrtle didn 't love George. Tom and Myrtle already had an affair as tale as old as time. Myrtle lived with her husband in a mechanic garage for 11 years, and being with a rich guy like Tom made her feel at the top of the social class, achieving her American Dream. She had the love, but not the money. Gatsby’s life work was to get the love missing from with in him.
From the past, he was not a true Oxford man as “[he] only stayed for five months”(129). He did not come from the old money or a wealthy family because “his parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people” (98), but his struggle against poverty was what made him exceptional. Instead of discouraging him, his living conditions sparked the desire and pursuit of personal success. With the creation of his daily schedules which was divided into his well organized routine and “general resolves” (173), he has proved his potential for greatness because he predetermined the ways to success, which was constant self-improvement. He knows the limit of his capabilities and has a strong sense of self.
King’s quote “In many ways, the American Dream of today is a trimmed down version of its former self,” explains how the American Dream is not as intense as it was when James Truslow Adams coined it in 1931 during the Great Depression. Living a successful American Dream in the past meant being a part of the Upper Class, being “rich,” living a materialistic lifestyle consisting of, what King states, “expensive items, namely cars and homes, and acquiring more material wealth.” However, the American Dream of todays’ society focuses more so on being stress-free and stable, all financially, occupationally, and residentially, for both current and future life. All topics have the potential to be viewed from multiple perspectives. On page 613, King
From the “rags-to-riches” dream, to becoming a rugged individualist, America’s dreams exceed pure commercialistic desires. However, any of these alternative versions of the American Dream are based off of money in some way. The fault of the “rag-to-riches” dream lies within its objective. Similar to social mobility, this dream relies on the poor to sit at the bottom and wish for the top, focusing on money. Even those who have reached success in this dream and become enormously wealthy still only care about their wealth.
There are many americans who believe that the American dream is solely the term from rags to riches. At the same time view rich people as, “high on competence, and prompting envy” (Hoffmire). Although some view the rich as greedy. Those who agree with Hoffmire believe that the upper class work harder then the average american. Many americans express there admiration to people who get rich by working hard (Hoffmire) In a research done about the income of collage graduates vs none collage graduates.