Materialism is a key part of our society. It is something that exists in real life, and is portrayed in Literature. A real life representation of materialism in our society is Kanye West. Kanye West is one of the most successful rappers of our time. He is known for his extreme rants and controversial verses and sayings. Literature is also known for creating materialistic characters. Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a great example of materialism. Jay Gatsby is known as romantic, mysterious man with an unknown past. Kanye West and Jay Gatsby are similar in their tough past, intense love, and crazy parties.
Kanye West and Jay Gatsby both had a tough childhood. Jay Gatsby was born James Gatz in North Dakota to a very poor family. They lived in poor conditions, and had very little money. Jay always had dreams of becoming a rich, glamorous man. Jay had to work as janitor, while attending St. Olaf College, but later dropped out because he thought he was better than the people there. As a young man, he met a man, Dan Cody, off the coast of Lake Superior after saving him from a potential yacht crash. Jay took this opportunity to live under Dan. They went on a 10 year yacht trip, and Jay learned all about life and how to live as a wealthy man. After Cody’s death, Jay was stolen of $25,000 by Dan Cody’s mistress of his part of the will. He later joined the army during World War I, and met the love of his life, Daisy Fay. (Telgen 64-86) Kanye West was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 8, 1977. He later moved to Chicago after his parents’ divorce at the age of 3. He lived in a troubled neighborhood in the south side of Chicago. His mother was an English professor, ...
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