Gatsby is introduced as a very wealthy but mysterious man. He throws grand parties every week, which attract a variety of people. Moreover, many of these people who attend his parties have no knowledge of his past or who exactly he is. Rumors circulate around him, about how he got his money. Some say he was a descendant of a wealthy family, others argue he was involved in bootlegging or gambling.
He made his fortune without requiring much work or effort. There is no real education or backstory required to be a bootlegger or a drug dealer. A person just has to have a desire for money above all else. Gatsby 's easy rise to the upper class allows him to feel as if he is above everyone else and encouraged his reckless behavior. His reckless behavior is often seen with his mentality towards Daisy.
During the Roaring Twenties of the “Jazz Age”, the economy was booming and many were celebrating the end of World War I. Many were giving into consumerism, bending the rules of fashion, and throwing lavish parties. F. Scott Fitzgerald was very involved with his writing during this time, while writing The Great Gatsby, he was able to portray that time period throughout. “Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald as a… novelist considered on of the pre- eminent authors in the history of American literature due… to… his third book, The Great Gatsby… the quintessential American novel, as well as a definitive social history of the Jazz Age…” (“F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography”).
History is only what people remember, and in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920’s era novel, The Great Gatsby, the jazz age was personified to so many Americans by big business, big parties, and big dreams. What many even educated people today picture in their vision of the 1920’s was actually created in Fitzgerald’s experiences and imagination. The author used so many important symbolic elements as he wove his tale that the symbolic meaning becomes a part of the novel itself. This is never truer than a billboard who becomes the Lord, Himself, a light at the end of a dock, and a little high quality H2O. In the beginning, there was God, and…in the Valley of Ashes, you perceive for a moment the eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleburg (23).
Prohibition protruded in this period, and though the roaring twenties were full of optimism, hope, scandals, and envy, all of which are themes of Fitzgerald’s hit novel, alcohol was included in everyone’s life. Inside this ravishing book we meet characters Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, Jordan Baker, Daisy Buchanan, and Tom Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan came from a wealthy family. Nick Carraway mentions how careless Tom was in college with his money on page 6. Along with Tom’s wealth comes his conceded mannerisms.
Richard Cory's solution was to obtain wealth and the respect of his peers, while Miniver Cheevy tried to resolve his feelings by dreaming about a better life and drinking. From the outside, it would appear to those who knew them that Richard Cory was the more successful one. He had all the money and respect, while Miniver was stuck with a daydream and a bottle. However, while Miniver may have been seen as significantly less happy or successful on the outside, at least his story did not end in his demise. When these two stories are compared, it really does bring into question some common notions that people have about success and
The Franklin, a member of the second estate “[lives] for pleasure and [has] always done”, even though he does not contribute anything of value to society (Chaucer, General Prologue 345). Instead of being an honorable person, he focuses his attention on throwing parties and consuming expensive foods and ale. The Prioress is a member of the praying estate, but instead of devoting her attention to God, she focuses on material goods: “hung a golden brooch of brightest sheen/ On which there...was graven...Amor vincit omnia”(Chaucer, General Prologue 164-166). The brooch is very valuable and is engraved with a Latin phrase meaning “love conquers all.” Instead of focusing on the Church and carrying out God’s work, she acts like a member of the noble class, who is mainly concerned with courtly love. This is not even the worst hypocrisy of the Church.
The Great Gatsby is a story about love, and the necessities of what living the American dream is really about. In the Great Gatsby by “Scott Fitzgerald” the author uses ways to express the American Dream by showing how love and money play a major role in becoming successful. Nick in the Great Gatsby comes from the West egg which is a much lower class than others, he hopes to find money and live the American dream. For example, “I lived at the west egg, well the less fashionable of the two”(Fitzgerald 14)”. As you can see he doesn’t come from a high quality area.
With this bias, his description of wealthy characters is obscured which causes Nick to be less critical of them. For example, Jay Gatsby is a millionaire who earns his living by smuggling alcohol. This is a dishonest living but Nick overlooks it because he is a millionaire and he does not criticize millionaires.
He embraced his celebrity status and got into an extravagant lifestyle that earned him a reputation as a playboy. He 's consider a great writer today, but in his times after the fame got to his head, that wasn 't exactly the case. His eccentric life style of going from party to party gave him the fame of being a "Not so serious writer". That accompanied by the fact that during those time periods his stories
Gatsby was full of passion and was an extremely generous man. He threw parties, that had a series of men and women of whom, would drink his alcohol and stay in his house. He never started fights with anyone, and preferred pleasing others. Nick analyzed that once Gatsby was gone, all the problems in West Egg has ceased. Nick reminisced by saying, “I spent my Saturday nights in New York, because those gleaming, dazzling parties of his were with me so vividly that I could still hear the music and the laughter, faint and incessant, from his garden, and the cars going up and down his drive” (179).
In this city, much like Las Vegas, parties, gambling, drinking, and more happened every day around the clock; however, unlike Las Vegas, Pompeii was also a hub of trade and business. The local economy was affluent for various reasons, being fairly close to Rome is one reason, as it brought many merchants, traders, slavers, and more through the city on route to Rome. While the drifters and businessmen were resting they would often go to local pubs, inns, and brothels to enjoy their night before they head out again the next day. While they were resting local business slaves and private slaves made their rest all the more enjoyable as they tended to the merchants goods, got them their wine and grog. The economy of Pompeii was a diverse and affluent one for quite a few reasons.
Yet, Gatsby doesn’t care much about who’s around and still wants them to enjoy of what he has, showing his generosity. Unusually, Nick is the only person who’s been invited and introduced to Gatsby. “ Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care”. Here, the author realizes the unnatural act of Gatsby. This directly shows that he has been practicing using his elegant sentences to convince people he’s an old wealth.
[F] Dominic was so intent on fulfilling his dreams that he didn’t care about the negative things; hope demanded he aim for his dreams. [G] The author Scott Barry writes about hope with “Talent, skill, ability-whatever you want to call it-will not get you there… a wealth of psychological research over the past few decades show loud and clear that it’s the psychological vehicles that really get you there” (Barry,1). [H] You need more than just talent or the potential to get you to where you want and Dominic had more than that. [I] Besides being a great xylophone player, it took Dominic’s hope to get him to where he wanted. [J] There are many things Dominic had to overcome in order to reach his dream.
One of Sherlock’s three main personality traits is a high sense of curiosity. Sherlock would rather have cases that challenge his mind than have wealth. As John states, “...he refused to associate himself with any investigation which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic” (311). Throughout the eight years John lived with Sherlock and helped him, John observed many cases being thrown out because they hadn’t been peculiar enough. Holmes easily could have been extremely wealthy, using his deducing skills, in preference he chooses cases where people can barely pay him anything.