Although he is the king of Thebes, he is still kind of taking advantage of his power and step over the line. In another instance, in the same scene, Creon says, “Money! There is nothing more demoralizing as money. Homes gone, men gone, honest hearts corrupted, crookedness of all kinds, and all for money,” (pg. 201).
If the gold rush never happened California would most likely belong to Mexico. The California Gold Rush, a phenomenon that drew thousands of people trying to strike it rich with gold had both positive and negative effects in California. II. California would not be as big as it is now without the California Gold Rush.
Fitzgerald believes the prosperity that is promised in America is an unattainable thing, and that chasing it will always be a losing battle. It has caused many to fall into poverty and debt yet these dreams are romanticized and celebrated. This leads to more effort pouring into worthless endeavors as people like Gatsby try to reach their “orgastic future” (189). “Orgastic” is a combination of the words ‘orgasmic’ and ‘orgiastic’, two words associated with immense pleasure. Fitzgerald combines the two, amplifying the effects of both words, creating an image of the optimistic dreams that many wish to reach.
This is why he was able to spout his hypocrisy on others. And since he is an arrogant man, and was rich since birth, he likely has established a feeling of entitlement that feeds into his greed. Overall, Tom Buchanan is not an admirable
As readers continue to read the book, it is realized that Jordan is not a trophy after all. She cheats, lies, and is unremorseful. Since gold represents wealth and reputation, it also symbolizes the corrupt dream of materialism and is not what actually matters. For example, Gatsby has all the wealth a person could possibly want or need, but his real dream that he wants to achieve is
The extents Abelard went to save himself was selfish, yet he gave her a place that he had hoped would show his great love for her. Men drive their lovers away for idiotic reasons, yet Peter’s was to save her and himself from humiliation. His love for Heloise was true and significant enough to publicize it in the beginning and write to her in secret to help her get over the fact they could no longer be
In "The Rich Brother," Tobias Wolff recounts the story of two brothers—Pete, a successful and cynical real estate agent, and Donald, a highly spiritual drifter—as they embark on a road trip filled with conflict. Most readers' initial instinct is to believe the most optimistic view of the title—namely, that "rich" should be understood in a figurative sense; nevertheless, Wolff was certainly also utilizing the literal definition of "rich," synonymous with "wealthy" or "affluent." Many readers may understandably perceive the title to be figurative and optimistic, leading them to the conclusion that Donald is "The Rich Brother"; however, readers can just as logically interpret the title as literal and pessimistic, leading to the conclusion that,
Hollowness in The Great Gatsby Throughout the novel, you get the sense that the characters with the most money, are the least happy. Even though they appear to have everything one desires, they still want what they cannot have.Whether it be longing for the love of someone they cannot have, or being unfaithful and without morals, hollowness is portrayed in many different ways throughout the book. In this novel, Jay Gatsby is a newly wealthy man who throws the most expensive, extravagant parties. Many people believe they know how Gatsby came to be, but the truth is his that his motivation for making so much money was solely to win over Daisy, the love of his life who is married to another man. Despite Gatsby's seemingly content attitude, he still reveals his unhappiness in life when thinking about Daisy.
Any average person would desire to be a “Gatsby” who is extremely wealthy, widely idolized, and seemingly impeccable. Indeed, what makes Gatsby great is his lavish lifestyle and self-earned wealth. However, the more one observes Gatsby, the more one realizes that his epithet is incongruous with his actual character. Not only is the major factor that makes him remarkable, wealth, a result of illegal bootlegging, but he seems to contradict his ‘greatness’ in various instances in the novel. This leaves the readers to speculate that the title of the book is ironic as Gatsby is not great because he is too naïve, pursues after a married Daisy and does not achieve the American Dream.
Romeo makes a lot of stupid decisions that gets Juliet killed but I only need two to get my point across. Romeo shows his impulsiveness in his relationships with women, he seems to be unable to control his emotions when it comes to love. In the beginning of the play Romeo claims that he loves Rosaline and is depressed because Rosaline doesn’t love him back. Mercutio gets Romeo to go to the Capulet Ball so that he can cheer him up by finding a new girl that can peak his interests and the moment he sees Juliet he falls into deep and