James Gatz had an appetite for wealth and a distaste for poverty. Despite his humble beginnings, his sheer ambition and determination fueled a passion for him to achieve ‘The American Dream.’ Ashamed of his rather poor upbringing, James Gatz changed his name to Jay Gatsby in an attempt to forget his personally shameful upbringing. This enabled Gatsby to erase his past and start anew. Gatsby was fixated on becoming affluent. As Philip Cross mentions in his article, “morality’s “fundamental decencies” are parcelled out at birth as unequally as ability, and are just as important to acquiring wealth,” which clearly shows the thirst for acquiring wealth replaces the integrity you were born
Some may say that each generation molds the American Dream, but the deceit and desolation still lingers. The Great Gatsby reveals a societal truth, showing how the American Dream deteriorated in the 1920’s because of its corruption, inaccessibility, and deception hiding inside its lavish lure of wealth. When the American Dream comes to mind, one often thinks of wealth, believing that money will solve their problems. Money provides food, clothing, shelter, and leisure, but money doesn’t necessarily equal happiness. An article written by David Kamp and published in Vanity Fair states that “the term has often been interpreted to mean “making it big” or “striking it rich.”’ (Source E).
Besides Gatsby’s corrupted image of wealth, he is naive and foolish, regarding his unattainable fantasies of Daisy. Gatsby has always wanted to provide Daisy with “a sense of security,” and convince her that “he was a perfection much as the same stratum as herself” (Fitzgerald 149). This is where Gatsby goes wrong because he perceives himself to be something that he is not; the “old money” stature that both Tom and Daisy are. Gatsby belongs to the “new money” group, which consists of individuals who have recently acquired wealth and live in West Egg. Gatsby has the means to make himself great, and he has the wealth of what society considers great, but his refusal to let go of the past causes him to be blind to Daisy’s true character.
Love is one of those terms nobody can define but everybody knows or has their own meaning to. Love is messy and perfect and can be explained so many different ways. One way love has been shown is in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald we see a poor child full of ambition being taken under the wing of a wealthy man who groomed the child to success. While in another piece of American literature ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller, the readers are shown a self-sacrifice for love when character John Proctor confesses to save his Wife, Elizabeth. We are shown two different interpretations of love through American literature and now we are shown the idea or somebody’s perspective of love and how love is currently represented in today’s society through mainstream platforms such as music, most noticeably Rap and R&B.
As Nick has mentioned in the book they “smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” I feel that this strongly resonate with the new breeds of Hong Kongers. After our previous generation had fought hard for the Hong Kong today, we tend to be selfish, due to the parents favoring their kids in the current society, kids don 't care of the consequences that it might cause. This appears to be similar to tom and Daisy from the book. for example Daisy enjoys flirting with Gatsby, but when problem arise, she disappears leaving all behind and runs away. Both of them does not consider the consequences that is caused and tends to run away from it when problem arise, they are full of
Gatsby rises to the high class of society in a dishonest way; he's earned his fortune through illegal activities and tries his best to hide his past. He is a liar, but he is an idealist. He uses his wealth just to make his dream become a reality. He wants to be with his love, Daisy. In a money-oriented world where people pursue amoral materialistic things, Gatsby’s power to dream lifts him above the meaningless
The Pursuit of Happyness deals with the constitutional right to ‘pursue’ happiness rather than the right to be happy. This time, Will Smith took on a new look in this movie: energetic, sincere, optimistic and loving as opposed to his action-flicks or slapstick comedy. He was exceptionally expressive – throughout the movie, he fervently maintained an optimistic, resolving, undefeated attitude that in one scene, when he can’t stand it anymore and breaks down, you truly feel anguished. And Jaden Smith (Will’s own son) was so endearing, he charmed Will Smith off the screen. His acting was perfect, especially after considering how contrary it is to Jaden Smith’s own life.
In The Great Gatsby author Fitzgerald focuses on issues of the American dream, love and wealth are discussed. Which tend to draw the attention of the readers. Especially interesting is the question of whether Gatsby is even deserving of being called great or if the title ironical. It is argued that Jay Gatsby is a person of false love. But ultimately Gatsby is the most hopeful man in the world.
Scrooge realizes that money doesn’t make him happy, and it never will never bring him something he has been lacking, joy. This joy that his old boss, Mr. Fezziwig, creates is much greater than Scrooge’s fortune that he had lost all for. Scrooge describes this as, “light or burdensome” and “pleasure or a toil” which is rather surprising coming out of a man who had before said some intolerable things. This demonstrates the first few beams of hope for Scrooge. From a different point of view, Scrooge realizes that the happiness Scrooge received from Mr. Fezziwig, was much valuable than money, and for once, it was something Scrooge could not buy.
In the story of The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald shows a theme of how the American dream affects all of the characters: each of them has their own aspiration for their future life, but, ironically, their aspiration is only revolved around wealth. The main part of their life is to enjoy happiness from money. Fitzgerald combines his own experiences with his nation’s experiences and reflects the features of his time through this novel. The story is set in New York City and on Long Island known as the West Egg and the East Egg. The hero, Jay Gatsby, is a pursuer of the American dream who is once a nobody from the Midwest.