Money And Class In America Analysis

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As time progresses, we notice that monetary value has become a main concept in American societies. But should money be the center of our lives? Americans’ admiration for wealth has locked them in a closet of luxury and, as a result, blinded them from their morals and other values in life. In his book, Money and Class in America, Lewis Lapham states that Americans are driven by money and envision it as “the currency of the soul.” Unfortunately, we Americans do validate Lapham's statement by allowing our money to show our success and happiness, therefore granting the rights to show out ignorance. Because of our love for monetary means, Americans tend to flaunt their wealth to quite an extreme, which further proves that we have been “deflected by the pursuit of money,” according to…show more content…
While “Asia manages to balance their desire for wealth against other claims of human spirit…and the Soviets honor the holding of political power,” we Americans show no medium between wealth and other aspects affecting their lives. Lapham states that “a rich man is perceived as being…both good and wise.” He asserts that Americans judge what is good and wise by its monetary value. Americans validate his point because we only tend to trust people who fall under the same social class and believe that the poor “willed it so” by not working hard enough. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays how Americans show off their wealth and what kind of lifestyle a rich man lives. Money to the East and West residents was their American Dream that was earned or passed on, and they valued monetary value and the idea of it more than their relationships. We also see this happening in The Awakening when Leonce Pontellier centers his life on impressing his guests by making sure that his house is in the best possible condition and by renovating it later on this
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