The king and Duke were big characters in the novel using deception for greed. They only cared about what other people could do for them and what they could gain from other people. When the men learned about a family whose dad had passed away they saw a perfect opportunity for personal gain. They acted like they were the Wilks brothers to get the inheritance money of the man's brothers. ‘“My, way the king's eyes did shine!
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the obsession with wealth and love ruined the American dream/ the Characters lives. “Myrtle has her affair with Tom due to the privileged world it grants her access”(Wulick). One of the main examples of wealth destroying a character 's life is Myrtle 's story. Myrtle is the wife of a lowly mechanic in the valley of ashes. Myrtle is taken away by the enormity of Tom Buchanan 's wealth and is instantly attracted to him.
His gesture of throwing shirts at Daisy is done to dazzle her, to show her that he has so much money that he can buy tons and tons of beautiful clothes made of very expensive fabrics. Many of the things he has in his house are just there to impress Daisy and to make her love him more. This shows that Gatsby’s and Daisy’s love is all about materials and what they have and not about themselves. This also hides the fact that they do not truly love each other like they did when they first met and that their relationship will not work out. After examining Gatsby’s materialistic actions, one can see that his love towards isn't true and will not work
Firstly, Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy led to his successes that eventually led to failures of money. Gatsby understands winning over Daisy he must impress her with money. Therefore, he starts illegal affairs (bootlegging) to become rich. Gatsby wanted to become rich enough so Daisy can love him and want to be with him. This quote for example shows that, “The one on my right was a colossal affair by a standard-it was a factual imitation of some hotel de ville in Normandy with a tower on one side spanking new under a thin beard of raw in, and a marble swimming pool, and more than…”(pg.11).
Earlier in the book we are able to see how Tom has been corrupted by his money. In the book he is having an affair with Myrtle who is Wilson’s wife, it is often said that she has married below herself. The affair shows how he’s been corrupted because he has always had more money than anyone else, so he has developed a sense of being kind of reckless and ungoverned. He reached a state where he can do whatever he wants because he’s the big dog around to say.
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.
“Short everything that guy has touched, I want half a billion more swaps”...”I am going to try and find moral redemption at the roulette table” (The Big Short). He feels morally wrong for being a part of the debauchery but, he is also trying to do what benefits him which is make money and exact a little revenge on the corporations that target these unsuspecting people. Despite the financial gain he feels wrong for his part in the events but his actions show that he is doing what is morally good for him and the clients he represents and ends up making millions off these same people he is betting against. In the end Mark must be convinced by Vinnie into selling their shorts by reminding him of his fiduciary responsibility to their investors, ”Clients want to talk to you about pulling their money, It’s now or never mark, you’ve got to sell” (The Big Short). By every account these actions would be considered highly immoral, but the egoist perspective would say that the act of not selling the shorts would be an immoral act so he is clearly acting morally by getting rid of the
This occurs again when Mrs. Sloane invites Gatsby and Nick to dinner. “’You come to supper with me,’ said the lady enthusiastically… concentrating on Gatsby. ‘My God, I believe the man’s coming,’ said Tom. ‘Doesn’t he know she doesn’t want him?’” (Fitzgerald 102-103). Being unable to detect the social signals, Gatsby doesn’t realize the insincerity of the invitation, while Tom, being from East Egg, does, showing how Gatsby is differentiated from high society even though he is rich.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a realistic fiction by Mark Twain, Twain demonstrates how factors from family can influence behaviors of a person with Huck Finn. Immediate family tends to be the most influential and Huck’s only immediate family is Pap. Those around Pap view him as “a reprobate drunk and a most distrustful, negligent, rapacious, exploitative, abusive, gratuitously cruel parent” and he knows he is viewed at the bottom of the social classes (Semrau). The negative view of Pap is what Huck thinks is normal for a father. He is use to his father being an abusive drunk and caring in a negative manner.
The characters perform acts of lies and deceit, the opposite of honesty and earnest. This is one of Wilde’s main tactics in his story called The Importance of Being Earnest which is filled with lies and deceit. The colors displayed behind the character symbolize their motives too. Green is the color of greed and selfishness, displayed behind Masked Algernon who displays multiple signs of greed and selfishness. Purple which is a symbol of wealth and nobility is displayed behind normal Algernon who lives a lavish life being a member of he upperclass and apart of a rich family.