Often times we associate material gain with enjoyment and fulfillment, but we fail to understand the side most affected by the uninhibited pursuit of gratification. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the wealthy do just that; they climb the steps of social class by stepping over those who are poorer. In the novel, the lower class face degradation caused by the wealthy’s selfish desire for pleasure and satisfaction. Specifically, the Valley of Ashes symbolizes Fitzgerald’s criticism for that very inconsiderate pursuit of self-gain, which creates dire consequences for the poor. Fitzgerald uses figures of speech to describe the Valley to condemn the inequality created by the wealthy’s pursuit of self-growth.
He found money to have a higher value than helping others, this led to his greediness and resulting him to sin. He creates false information to earn money. This character in particular would cheat his landlord and earning money off theft. A thief cannot be considered religious. Chaucer had brought up another pilgrim who seemed to also show signs of greed.
Despite these proficient skills, if we unveil the true Al Gore, we will witness a man driven for greed, wealth, and power. In Al Gore’s article “Climate of Denial”, despite the fact that he uses rhetorical appeals, his argument is neither convincing nor effective. Gore makes the appeal to ethics through his experience
This clothing symbolism implies that Tom thinks that if he wears Dickie’s clothes, he will become Dickie; meaning he will become a man of wealth and one that everyone desires. This expresses to the audience how Tom’s life is based upon lies. A second example of clothing symbolism is the scene where Meredith has trouble recognizing Tom as Dickie and questions him about it because he is wearing Tom’s clothes. This example is effective in representing the dangers of living life a lie because it shows the viewer that Tom is trying to take on a role that doesn’t belong to him i.e. Dickie and therefore is lying about his identity.
My favorite scene from Voltaire’s Candide was that of Eldorado, a utopia set away from the world and the opposite of what Europe is. The scene itself is ironic in that Candide and Cacambo don’t want to remain in the perfect utopia that they stumbled upon because of their pride and their greed. It’s an interpretation of human nature that suggests someone from our society cannot be happy unless they are set apart, on top. They see and desire the opportunity the jewels and gold present to them by leaving the safe haven of Eldorado rather than staying and being equal with all the other residents. The concept of greed is easily pictured when Candide says, “If we stay on here, we’ll simply be the same as everyone else, whereasif we return to Europe
The story of the parable is to exploit the foolishness of wanting more than necessary. The Lukan Jesus wants the readers to see how greed can lead to a person’s downfall. The Lukan Jesus emphasizes that individuals should realize the importance of simplicity and how having an abundance of possessions keeps one from finding the
Candide’s thought of trading his treasure for Cunegonde is his way of believing that he must endure suffering and lose part of his fortune to others to pursue love. Candide’s point of view of this situation illustrates a sympathetic manner for himself through his amiable character as he gives what the captain demands for . In addition, he fails to recognize that he is capable of withholding his fortune and be the master of his own thought, as he unsuccessfully distinguishes "universal reason" (Voltaire 27), and avoidable tribulation, by neglecting James as he was "thrown in the sea" (Voltaire 26). This neglectance of other’s lives that occurs more than once, demonstrates Candide’s slow development in his journey. The unceasing deaths, that scarcely sways him at first has somewhat allowed him to obtain maturity, but Candide fails to learn from his past, until he has lost it all.
“Money cannot buy happiness”. This statement summarizes the passage, as Fitzgerald attacks materialistic Americans. Gatsby is the victim of materialism and cannot overcome his own isolation, even though he is extremely wealthy. Not only does Fitzgerald demonstrate that money and material goods cannot overcome Gatsby’s isolation, but he also denounces those who create this isolation because of their own materialistic desires and ideas. Overall, the audience sees that Gatsby is alone, even at death.
The second virtue is generosity which as an extreme of excess of wastefulness. Aristotle describes it as giving or spending too much or taking too little. “… Is meant to have the single vicious feature of ruining his property; for someone who causes his own destruction is wasteful and ruining one’s own property seems to be a sort of self-destruction on the assumption that out living depends on our property” (Aristotle, 49) Also, incorrect giving no resources for a proper gain. An example of this could be shown in my issue is by letting my finances go giving my money/property away or spending majority or all my extra money. By letting/giving my finances go it can ruin my property and waste my property for my family, who would depend on my money
In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby tries to create a life beyond the common one he is given. In Death of the Salesman, Loman demonstrates the obsession of money and possessions. Gatsby and Willy both demonstrate the common tendency to linger in the past and aim for an ideal goal that sacrificing themselves ultimately ends in tragedy.