During the 1920’s gang related crime was a serious issue. The leader of all this violence and corruption was a man named Al “Scarface” Capone (“Al Capone”). This organized crime, dehumanization, and corruption, became the ultimate image of Chicago for people throughout the world. He was largely immersed in things like gambling, prostitution, and the illegal sale of liquor. He was not convicted for any of his crimes, even the St. Valentine's Day massacre of 1929, until he was imprisoned for tax evasion (Horan).
Obviously, George is desperate for the car because he needs the money. He only wants the money to make his wife happy. Sadly, Myrtle is cheating on him, revealing the moral decay of American society found in the Valley of Ashes. For Myrtle to cheat on her husband who loves her dearly, reveals how the Valley of Ashes has no moral values. Myrtle treats George poorly and uses Tom as an outlet to the rich and high class life.
The American Dream is what many set their goals in life to be based upon, money, family, peace, and love. Every character in The Great Gatsby is selfish, but the four main characters that present themselves as the most selfish are, Daisy, Tom, Jordan, and Gatsby. In the Great Gatsby, the American Dream is present, but is overshadowed because of all the selfish people only wanting to become a higher class or show that they are of a higher class than everyone else around them. The Character that has the least amount significance to the story, but the most selfish is Jordan Baker. Jordan is described as an attractive, slender woman, small breasted and has a grey sun-strained eyes.
Holmes kills a lot of people during the time of the fair and eventually people start to find out. He eventually leaves Chicago and hides until he is arrested for one of the crimes he did in Philadelphia. A detective investigates Holmes past, and finds out about all the people he had killed. I think Erik Larson set out to show the powerful legacy of both men in the book, Burnham and Holmes. Larson shows that Burnham left behind his energy and brilliance and his skills while making the fair, while Holmes left behind his darkness and cruelty.
Each character has its own reasons to be angry and that is appeared in their actions and led to different consequences. Anger in The Great Gatsby crystalized by Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan, their anger has reasons, symptoms and consequences. Jay Gatsby is a newly wealthy Midwesterner-turned-Easterner whose lover Daisy did not wait for him and got married with another man who is Tom Buchanan. The reasons for Gatsby’s anger were poverty that made him could not have the ability to keep his lover Daisy forever. After being a wealthy man Jay Gatsby ordered his life around one desire which is to be reunited with his love Daisy Buchanan, the love he lost five years earlier.
In this novel, the higher class has presented them selves as morally misleading. The Great Gatsby gives the sensation that there isn’t any spiritual values in the upper class families. One may also get the feeling that the east is a location where money may impact those that live there in a negative manner. An example maybe about Daisy Buchanan and Tom a wealthy espoused couple that evaluates others depending on their wealth.
He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn’t far wrong.” (7.127) Gatsby earned his fortune through the illegal sale and distribution of liquor. Rumors of Gatsby’s being a bootlegger circulated with partygoers in chapter four while indications that Gatsby may be involved in criminal activity are suggested in chapter five.
While the duke and the dauphin and lying about their identity, they are gaining money through this. The readers know they don’t deserve that money. It also evokes aggravation because the people of that town and the Wilks girls are gullible enough to believe that the duke and the dauphin are Peter Wilks’ brother with no proof to prove that. This is used to satirize how people easily believed anything with no proof and did not question. In Death of a Salesman, after many years of struggling to pay for all the bills, Willy decides to commit suicide because he wanted the insurance money to be given to Biff, his son but at his funeral, the readers find out: "I made the last payment on the house today.
”(Fitzgerald 130). Gatsby knew that Daisy was self-centered and only cared about wealth, because if she truly loved him, she would wait for him to return back. Daisy believes that money resolves problems. This reflects on Tom’s and Daisy’s marriage. Even though, Tom treats Daisy poorly and betrays her, Daisy does not seem to care because of Tom’s wealth.
During the prohibition era, Gatsby sells liquor to gain sufficient wealth and impress Daisy enough to win her back. When she sees his tailor made shirts, she realizes how wealthy he is, and cries. At that moment, he became a way for her to get back at her unfaithful husband, Tom. After she kills Myrtle Wilson, however, she abandons Gatsby and his love, and allows him to take the blame for Myrtle's death. Gatsby pays the ultimate price for his love Daisy when Myrtle's husband, George, kills him.
Trying to raise funds to support his mother he started working for lower level gangsters. When he was 17 he was arrested for burglary and served 17 months in Blackwell island prison. Dutch began to bootleg at first he did it for small bars in the area. But he eventually started a huge empire in New York bootlegging
Throughout history people have debated what economic system will most benefit humanity. However, this debate is still raging on and civilization cannot survive waiting for the results before it begins trade. Therefore, countries choose which system they think will best suite its population for the time being. The United States has chosen to base its economy on capitalism. Capitalism has worked well for the United States, allowing people to pursue what has become known as the American Dream.
The Great Gatsby shows Fitzgerald’s view and portrayal of the effect of money on people’s lives. Fitzgerald implies that being wealthy can lead to many great things but that money is everything but happiness and even with Gatsby’s wealth and imaginative mind, he still can not satisfy the image of Daisy since she nor any other women could ever be the girl who he desires. (Durkin). Gatsby wishes that his wealth would bring him the happiness and satisfaction he desires but instead brings him to his deathbed.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby represents the everlasting disconnect that happens with every generation. With every new generation, the one prior seems to lose faith or the ability to sympathize with and understand their younger predecessors. The Great Gatsby is a perfect model of this divide. In the novella, we are introduced to characters who embody the traits imposed onto younger people to the extreme making most characters little more than caricatures. The narrator Nick Caraway, acts as a mouthpiece for Fitzgerald, often making comments about the disparity of the world and the supposed crumbling of society: "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or
In chapter one, Nick Carraway says, “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” (Fitzgerald 1). Here, Nick is trying to explain to Gatsby how the upper class rarely seems to realize the problems that the lower classes face. Due to Jay Gatsby’s higher standing within society, he rarely seems to fully comprehend the atrocities of the lower class. Gatsby bases his so-called ‘superiority’ on his money, rather than his actions.