The Dream consists of a seemingly simple theory; success. Charles Foster Kane possessed everything that a materialistic man could dream to have: money, power, a successful career, women, and extravagant possessions some men would go to extremes lengths to have. Yet, Charles had it all. The most important ingredient of happiness in life Kane lacked however, was the single component he couldn 't buy and that was: love. "You won 't get lonely, Charles... You 'll be the richest man in the world someday."
Jordan lies all the time just to lie. She is very good at lying to get what she wants and is “incurably dishonest” as Nick Carraway describes her, “Jordan Baker instinctively avoided clever, shrewd men… She was incurably dishonest.” (Fitzgerald Ch. 3)Nick Carraway even admits at one point that she is the most dishonest person he has ever met which is why he decided the relationship was no good for him. Jordan’s compulsive lying
Characters throughout The Great Gatsby present themselves with mysterious and questionable morals. Affairs, dishonest morals, criminal professions, weak boundaries and hypocritical views are all examples of immorality portrayed in The Great Gatsby. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, lies and mischief fill the lives of many and significantly damage numerous relationships. First, Jay Gatsby's whole life is consumed into a massive lie. His personality traits set him apart from others and the attention he accumulates motivates him to falsely portray his life.
This can be applied to the popularized concept of the American dream. In the general American dream, people become consumed with trying to become wealthy and elite. These people risk their own dignity, friends, and family on the search for this dream. The unjustifiable acts committed on the way to this dream may not have been as atrocious as those carried out by the gods, but they are influenced by the same greed for the reassurance of being the best and most
The theme of The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is that the upper class tend to participate in actions that are commonly seen as dishonest, unfaithful, or sketchy. Characters like Nick, Gatsby, Tom and George have twisted views on their own reality due to unfaithfulness and dishonesty. Nick was constantly lied to in the story, for example, Gatsby lied to him about where he got his money. Lies, similar to the one above, gave Nick some twisted views on the reality of his friendship. Gatsby had a twisted view on love due to Daisy marrying Tom right after he left for the war, rather than waiting for him.
However, the person who is carrying it out still believes they can still fool the others. Ericsson calls it the “bald-faced lie”. Dismissal is the lies when one shuts down the other person’s idea or thoughts and gives them a fault believe. Ericsson states that this lie is often practiced by authority figure like parents. For instance, a child is telling his parent that the man he/she met is weird and he/she doesn’t like him.
Elizabeth had realized she is at fault and had lied to save her husband from being hung. “Look at me! To your own knowledge, has John Proctor ever committed the crime of lechery? Answer my question! Is your husband a lecher!” said Danforth.
Dishonesty has always been considered as deceiving others. It is understandable when people lie to conceal the truth and avoid punishments, which also demonstrates the dark side of humanity. However, dishonesty is still not widely accepted even if one has a good reason for it. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller presents several conflicts, which showcases the consequences of dishonest behaviors. Characters are constantly dealing with different conflicts in the play, as they are condoning the truth by lying to protect themselves and the ones they love.
The American dream can be defined by whoever dreams it. It could be the dream of making money so you can afford comfort for yourself and your family just as much as striving to become successful in what you pursue. How possible or impossible it is, doesn’t make it unfit for the definition of “the American dream”. The only thing what makes it valuable at all is the self-accomplishment and happiness it causes the individual who chose to go after it. There are as many different dreams in terms of triumph, accomplishment and success as there are individuals.
In perspective, deception (especially self-deception) has been likened to a motivated false belief that can arise from selective attention or use of biased information (Chance and Norton, 2015). The outcome of such kinds of deception is that they often end up badly, where one person or both get seriously heartbroken or hurt altogether in a relationship. Two pertinent examples occur one, in the Children Hour’s play, where love appears to be the greatest aspect of deception because it ruins Karen’s and Joe’s relationship, makes Martha guilty of the separation, yet still commits suicide when Karen rejects her advances for love (Hellman, 1934). The idea is that by hiding the truth about the feeling she has for Karen, Martha is a victim of her own doing. The same aspect of tragedy befalls Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun, who is a victim of her own making because she deceives self in the pursuit of frivolous undertakings and squanders her money (Hansberry, 1957).
Has this type of ignorant consumerism become too important to the functioning of our society? If all our favorite mega-companies had employed all American workers to build their cultural empires, it’s easy to imagine the skyrocketing price of all the goods we have come to see as standard to the American way of life. Or would this huge spike in American employment actually fuel our economy in a way we’ve never experienced before? (insert unemployment statistic). If these huge groups of people were given opportunities to make American wages, building American products, an entire lower class could possibly be lifted out of