Analysis Of The Wolf Of Wall Street

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Jordan’s whole character is a product of his economic and social class. From the start of the film, Jordan is introduced as an overly ambitious person who can’t get enough of Wall Street. After the stock market crash of 1987, which left many stockbrokers unemployed, Jordan accumulates wealth by defrauding people with cheap penny stocks. Jordan represents the corrupted American dream, and the middle class is whom he preys on. Though corrupt and often illegal, people will still chase after the American dream at all costs. For instance, when Jordan is first exposed of his wrongdoings in Forbes, he doesn’t lose business, instead, hundreds of money-hungry ivy league graduates try to come work for him. Likewise, when Jordan meets his future business partner and co-founder Donnie Azoff, played by Jonah Hill, he promises to quit his minimum salary job if Jordan shows him a paystub of how much he makes. In an article published by Andrew DeYoung, Jordan is depicted as an addict, which represents most of the upper class, too. “If Wolf has anything to say about the way we live now, it is precisely that our economy has become a form of addiction,” he says. “He describes his first day selling stocks as a kind of high; it’s also a form of drug dealing, selling the addictive capitalist dream of transforming one’s rags into untold riches
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