Social mobility – it is the primary effect of the American Dream, which itself is an idea that seems simple, but is strangely hard to define. At the root of it, is the sense of a society’s greed for success obtained by hard work, honesty, and modesty. If in fact this Dream were in the reach of anybody, then society would exist as a community where "all men are created equal" and everyone would have the opportunity of social mobility by doing the best for themselves as they could. But the reality of American society is cruel. A once high, mighty, and pure ideal has become degraded and buried by the merciless greed for money.
Aside from that, he had promised to pay back the money he had stolen and believed he would. He was stealing the money because he wanted people to like him and he thought this was the way to do it. 4. The framed T-shirt tells me that he really wanted to have things and needed the money to have the things he wanted. The lifestyle red flags that could have tipped off the company to the possibility of fraud would be the new expensive cars, the expensive clothes, the houses that his income would not have been able to support.
In the novel, Gatsby’s ambition represent the American Dream. He believes that despite having a lack of education, he can succeed in life on the basis of his hard work and money. The source of his money is unclear though, as Tom Buchunan suggests that he runs an illegal underground business and Gatsby is a bootlegger. Gatsby spends his life blindly by dreaming of winning over the woman he always loved and always depended on his money to achieve his goal. This can be seen in a dialogue with Nick Carroway: “‘Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously.
This setting by Salinger and Steers helps explore the concept and puts greater emphasis on the consumer society and the ‘American Dream’. As a time of tra ditionalism, affluence and materialism, society believed that their status, power and wealth was the key to true happiness. However Salinger uses Holden to help convey the corruption of this idea. Holden believes that all the people around him are ‘phoneys’ because they forfeit their morality to fit in with the conformities of society. While in Steers appropriation Igby rejects the ‘American Dream’ in which his godfather, D.H has achieved and Igby’s brother Oliver is corrupted by.
Tom gave people money, and made a deal with them that they had to return the money with a high interest rate. On the other hand Bernie collected money from the people, and made them believe that they could get back their money with a high interest rate. People trusted them and took the risk, but they didn’t get what they expected. Some people lost everything that they had. All things included, we should aware of these kind of people, and we should never be this kind of people who invested with Bernie, and took money from
With the illusion of his American Dream, Tom begins to see Myrtle Wilson. Tom knows that Myrtle is of lower-class and needs his wealth to achieve her American Dream and uses this to his advantage. “Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart”(Fitzgerald 25). Tom feels the need to be superior and becomes paranoid that someone might be ahead of him. Jay Gatz or later to be called Jay Gatsby, also had his own American Dream he was in pursuit of.
It is basically a win for the U.S because we take advantage of people, by promoting investments we know thecountry will never be able to pay back; because of the interest and the amount of the loan.It is amazing how a group of individuals can make so much influence and cheat countries around the globe, and funnel money from the world bank in order to do so. It sadden me how they can damage a country, and how they are taking peoples dignity and culture as well as their lands. This clearly shows how economic growth and development doesn’t benefit everyone in a country, for example the indigenous tribes that were being forced of their land for oil.It seems that governments, big business and the banks will stop at nothing to get what they want. They get away with it because we all live in a state of ignorance. I wonder when we will say enough and demand that these institutions conduct their business with honesty, integrity and complete transparency.It’s no wonder that these countries hate the United States so passionately.
In the 1700s, Europeans saw numerous opportunities in the New World. They envisioned the colonization as a chance for them to live a free and prosperous life, but, in reality, the American colonists faced many setbacks. The tension between Great Britain and the New England colonies led to American Revolution. In Transcript of Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson acknowledged how the act of force was a rational option in order to obtain liberty from Great Britain; however, in The Rise and Fall of the Newburgh Conspiracy, George Marshall depicted how there is a more reasonable alternative to resolving problems within the new independent country. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson explained how governments should not be overthrown for petty reasons, but he believed the King of Great Britain had taken the situation too far.
Fitzgerald realized that the first person point of view had to be from Nick’s perspective because only then would the reader be able to see the changes in Carraway. As a result, The Great Gatsby serves as an epic story in American literature but also as a pioneering comment on the snobbish ways of American upper class
The immigrant identity is clearly portrayed as inviting exploitation and prohibiting the family from succeeding, but the family fails to realize that the American identity is similarly problematic and offers just as little opportunity for freedom and success, but for different reasons. In short, the poison in the air is the effect of American capitalism, which implicitly pits the poor against each other in the search for work and the need to maintain that work regardless of how denigrating or dangerous it is. However, the family does not realize this at first, and fails to recognize that buying into the idea that hard work alone will bring human rights and success is just as naive and makes them just as exploitable as relying upon the goodwill of the wedding guests to help pay for the cost. When Jurgis is still naively invested in this notion, he asks “do you want me to believe that with these arms […] people will ever let me starve?” (Sinclair 23-24). Jurgis believes that his physical ability for labor will be enough to ensure his and his family's success, but this is just as foolhardy as the belief that holding on to their Lithuanian wedding tradition could shield the family from the ravages of American capitalism.