As Myrtle discusses her relationship with Mr. Wilson, she went “crazy when [she] married [Mr. Wilson]. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in” (35). Myrtle’s serious tone reveal how “crazy” she values status and wealth. Myrtle’s serious tone demonstrates how disappointed she was when she found out Mr. Wilson was part of the lower class. Fitzgerald shows how one’s American dream of becoming the wealthy class cannot be achieved due to greed.
Money can lead to a life of selfishness and corruption. In the book, " The Great Gatsby", explains a story of two sides, old money and new money. A character named Jay Gatsby, is the wealthiest man in the book, and he grinded for the money to be able to get his old crush back, Daisy Buchanan. Since Gatsby had devoted his life to Daisy, it would cost him his life. Daisy, who is the wife of Tom Buchanan, is a rich woman that lives an old money lifestyle shows a different side.
During the 1920s, people lost vast amounts of money due to the stock market crash. Since the story of The Great Gatsby takes place around the Great Depression, an era where the loss of money became the epitome of people who desperately needed it the most. However, people who were a part of the wealthier social classes, such as Gatsby, infinitely spent money on fancy cars, a mansion, and especially his giant parties. All of those things are all for Daisy, and the life Gatsby lived all started out because of her. She became the main reason why he lived such a rich lifestyle.
We see the characters of this book go slowly wander from their path of finding wealth and love and enter a new journey of immoral actions. By examining Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom, one can see that the journey to obtain the American Dream results in fake materialistic behaviour, unhappiness, and death. By examining Gatsby, one can see that he did anything to get Daisy’s attention and make her love him. This leads him to be extremely careless about his money and himself. Gatsby throws huge extravagant parties, which is seen many time through the book.
The scope of Darwinism is centered on the basis that evolution is brought about by the distinctive survival of only the superior individuals in a general pool. As a result of this, different strata or classes are mandatory in a species. With time, the space between the different strata is great enough to the extent that the superior class is granted advantages over the inferior class. This changes brought about by the Darwinism movement brought about the rise of a new movement called the Eugenics Movement and Social Darwinism. Eugenics is centered on the fact that man should control his own evolution process, and this is brought about by the state deciding who is granted the right or ability to procreate.
In Like Water for Chocolate, Tita chooses a fiery love over a nurturing one, which is the author’s way of expressing human nature to choose heart over head, even if it leads to one’s own destruction. Dr. Brown is a caring and nurturing man who offers Tita a long and stable life full of love, however she irrationally denies him. Soon after Tita starts living with Dr. Brown, the narrator says, “But here with John’s warmth toward her in word and manner, she felt better each day.” (108). Dr.
“Social Darwinism is an extension of biological evolution to human social systems.” Essentially, it is the survival of the fittest in social circumstances among the human race. Social Darwinism was used to justify racism and social inequality (Social Darwinism). It supported the idea that if someone was born poor, they would die poor and depressed, and if someone was born wealthy, they would live a first-class and die wealthy and in good spirits. Social Darwinism is shown in Frank Norris’ McTeague through the triumphs of Old Grannis and Miss Baker, and the downfalls of Trina and McTeague. Old Grannis and Miss Baker lived on the same floor, with rooms right next to each other for several years, yet they were too shy to talk to each other.
She then decides to settle on Tom, who is “abusive” (23) which Daisy tolerates due to the fact that Tom is extremely wealthy. The need for money drove both Gatsby and Daisy to extreme situations and provided them unpleasant circumstances. Throughout The Great Gatsby, many characters are faced with difficult situations due to the society that they live in. Gatsby is overly fasinated with Daisy which drives him to extreme levels to impress her. However, Tom is overly fixated on himself and causes the death of an innocent man.
Let’s start with greed, from the second Mr. Steward proposed his fifty thousand dollar (“Button, Button”) offer to Norma she was intrigued. She knew that pressing the button would end an unknown person’s life, but with that money she could go to Europe and do all the things she wanted to do with Arthur. Even though Arthur was completely against it Norma pressed the button. Call it bravery or foolishness, to Norma the reward was deemed greater than the risk.
Furthermore, since the American Dream is corrupt, it affects the characters’ lives and makes them corrupt. Moreover, the West Egg, which represents the newly rich demonstrates how the American Dream is corrupt. The West Egg is represented mostly by Jay Gatsby, who is one of the main characters. Mr. Gatsby was in love with a girl named Daisy Buchanan. Mr. Gatsby was willing to do anything for her and he wanted her back in his life, but the only thing is, Daisy is already married.