The American Dream can be achieved in different aspects by different people. Wealth is one ideal that everyone wishes they had and are constantly trying to achieve. Ideally people believe that if they get a job then the wealth will just fall into their lap. This is an unrealistic idea and Gatsby learned that the hard way. Gatsby worked extremely hard to gain his wealth and it all payed off in the end.
It can be argued that even though Gatsby’s dream is pure the fact you have to base your life around money and acquiring wealth and power to get expensive things shows how corrupt a simple dream can become. For Gatsby to have glamour in his life he must go through some sort of corruption, as it appears that glamour and corruption coincide with each other. Gatsby’s world can be seen as corrupt as the people who he is surrounded with appear to be fake. Gatsby lives on the dream that one day he can win back the married Daisy Buchanan and that she will return his feelings in love. However the people around Gatsby have no significance in their lives they do not strive to be anything this is shown when Daisy tells Nick that she wants her daughter to become a ‘beautiful fool’ because there is nothing better in life for a woman.
However the pursuit of the American dream touched some individuals to the extreme, causing them to become hell-bent on achieving their goals no matter what. The industrial boom also instilled jingoistic perception of identity into the hearts of Americans, causing them to view themselves as superior to others. With an incredible ambition along with the perception of superiority, corrupt politics and business were somehow justified all for the sake of succeeding, and thus the American Gangster was born. Not just the literal gangsters such as Al Capone, but anyone who involved themselves with illegal activity in order to profit, such as political machine William “Boss” Tweed. Tweed took advantage of immigrant’s vulnerable survival in the new world by helping them with basic necessities in exchange for harassed political or financial support (The American Pageant).
The ‘old money’ are people who had their wealth for generations and has the higher status than the ‘new money,’ who are people that recently earned their fortune. As the readers analysis the pages of the ‘Great Gatsby’ we find out that Tom processes this flaw. This is evident when “Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand,” when she kept on repeating “Daisy, Daisy, Daisy.” Today, in the society we live in we would receive a harsh punishment if we intentionally broke someone’s nose or even hit them, however Tom didn’t. Not only, does this display how we became more civilised than in the past, it also gives the perception that Tom views Myrtle as a toy. He hits it if it malfunctions or doesn’t do what he says.
He states many times that profits/supply & demand are leading causes for what makes too high for lower class people to afford. If companies didn’t try to make such a high profit then could the poor afford what they need? This is unfair and unjust because Lewis is saying the rich should reap the benefits of a thriving and successful business.
He great Gatsby ells the story of Jay Gatsby in his pursuit of his love, Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby goal is to win daisy over this eventually leading to tragedy. F Scott Fitzgerald uses settings to support a telling of a story such as the emphasis between the different social classes for example the difference between the east egg and the west egg. The west egg It represents new money, which is flashy, and over the top. Gatsby did not grow up with money like Daisy; he acquired it.
Once upon a time in America government was greater than Big Business. Uncle Sam looked at “Ma Bell” and said, “You are too big and powerful”, and broke her up into tiny pieces. They had done this before with great success. America believed in capitalism but not in monopolies. America had a tendency to fight for the little guy and many advances were made toward helping the little guy keep from being run over by corporations and the so-called “robber barons” of big business.
Occupy Wall Street Movement Sonya L. Hames BUS 309 Prof. Allen Strayer University November 4, 2012 The Occupy movement’s power comes from a simple moral message: It’s wrong to demolish the world of health and hopes of others. We called the Occupy movement the source of the crises of our time. Wall Street banks, big corporations, and others among the 1% are claiming the world’s wealth for themselves at the expense of the 99% and having their way with our governments. The Occupy Wall Street didn’t start by just demanding change; it also transformed how the 99% see themselves. Many people felt shame when they couldn’t find a job, pay their debts, or keep their homes from being taken was a political