The business world wasn’t the only thing corrupt but the railroads were too. With the railroad industry growing the companies knew they could charge huge rate and gain a large profit. Congressmen were paid off to be quite about the scandal and kept it to themselves. The railroads raised the stocks and were given to well-liked companies. The wealthy men in the railroad were suspected to careless for the people who worked for them.
In the novel written by Francis Scott Fitzgerald “The Great Gatsby”, there is a theme of broken world/social breakdown, where everyone or thing in these categories is divided, this is shown in the division of the East and West “Egg”. Within marriages or within social groups there is a sense of a broken system. What we see in the first chapter is that the people of the east and west egg are in a different social status. The east egg is the division of the eggs that has more wealth whereas the west is the less “elite” of the two. Despite all his wealth, we see that nick lives in the west egg.
These laws that have been created is beneficial to the rich. The ones responsible creating these policies are the ones who want the lower class to suffer to gain money. Peace is granted to the upper class because of the power they have ignoring the poor. The state needs wealthy allies to become powerful and richer which the laws that are created limit the poor having no access to
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.
Myrtle cheating on Mr. Wilson shows Fitzgerald characterizing her as a money hungry classist individual whose only care is gaining a large amount of wealth to achieve the American Dream, not caring about those who it hurts such as Mr. Wilson who represents the lower socioeconomic class in the book. In a similar way, the redevelopment of Willets Point is an example of how the American Dream and classism affects those who are not affluent enough to fight back. Urban redevelopment like this only usually helps those who are already wealthy while hurting those who do not have anything to gain from it. For example, in an article by Kenneth Jackson he writes “[destroying] working-class neighborhoods to luxury apartments, breathtaking medical and cultural centers” (Robert Moses and the Rise of New York). In this situation, the people in the working-class neighborhoods have their homes decimated to make more suitable living conditions for those who are above that working socioeconomic class and who can afford to spend the large amount of money required to live
Betrayal in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is a novel about the american dream, romance, money, and betrayal. Fitzgerald portrays betrayal in the novel as a common occurrence. Betrayal is one of the most important themes because throughout the novel nearly everyone betrays someone; if not themselves. Fitzgerald compares various forms of betrayal throughout the entire novel. A few forms of betrayal are betrayal through sex, love, and self.
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.
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald attacks the rich class in the book and talks about the classes between two different types of wealthy people and those who live in the valley of ashes. There are the people like Daisy, Tom, and Jordan that were born rich, which they had gotten their money from their family and they were called “old money”. The “old money” thought they were better than the “new money”. The “new money” were people wasn’t born with money, which they had to work or earn their money to have it. Gatsby was called “new money”.
Accidental selfishness is still unjust and could potentially have the chance of being even more destructive to relationships, themselves, and the society they live in, due to its oblivious nature. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, selfishness is used to display the corruption that took place in society during the 1920’s. Fitzgerald uses the character Daisy
American novel deals in depth with the theme of Greed as an aspect of human conscience crisis which leads to dilemma, problems, and predicament for human being. Novels such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, Henry James’s Washington Square , Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, Michael Crichton’s The Great Train Robbery, and others expose clear image for the theme of Greed and its implications. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the human predicament of Americans in 1920s, through his best novel The Great Gatsby . In this novel Fitzgerald deals with the theme of a lust for money and greed . He considers money is capable of corrupting even the most innocent of people, who were living in peace and tranquility.