The American Dream was originally about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness but has transformed into a materialistic vision of wealth, power, and expensive things and the means of obtaining it all. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby as a way to represent the demise of the conservative ideologies and the rise of consumerism during the Roaring Twenties. Due to the aftermath of World War I, America experienced a period of financial growth. These were prosperous times. Jay Gatsby was a poor boy of obscure origins who rose to great wealth and prestige.
America itself had not been attacked and had not joined the war until 1917. Even though USA drew out of its po... ... middle of paper ... ...he tax policies. [IMAGE] [IMAGE] Consequences of the Boom: On analysing the consequences of the boom, it can be said that the advantages from the boom overruled the disadvantages. Advantages Disadvantages. - Economy increased US was isolated -US became the richest country in the world Migration caused population problems -Unemployment decreased Already existent wage problems increased -Majority of the population was benefited Moral discipline of the society decreased due to Sex and cinema.
By having so much value and importance, the English language is considered significant in terms of forming ways of globalization and communication. Thus, the result of the three factors influencing the spread of English around the world created a valuable position for the English language to becoming a Lingua Franca. British Colonialism has influenced the spread of English in the world resulting the formation of a global language where people from different cultures are able to interact in a language that isn’t originally spoken in their respected countries’. In the memoir “By any other name”, Santha Rama Rau shows how the British forces colonized India in the mid-nineteenth century, and how the British’s presence greatly influenced the Indians way of behavior. In terms of linguistic influence, the British enforced the teaching of English as a first language as part of the schools’ curriculum (By Any Other Name).
A broader view of culture includes the behavior of individuals, in addition to the ideas, values, and other mental phenomenon. This view of culture encompasses the way of life of a particular group of people. One should keep in mind that people within a culture share ideas, values, opinions, etc., but they are not universal among all the people in that culture. The word culture is often used to emphasize the most unique aspects of a people's customs and beliefs. Thus, to refer to the culture of a people or group is to call attention to all the things that make that group different or distinctive from others.
Many positive things happened during, and as a result of, the British colonization of India. When the East India Company took control of India in 1612, they began modernizing, westernizing, and industrializing India. This westernization included giving women more rights, an attempt to eliminate the caste system and the loss of many of the more backward Hindu religious beliefs such as the domination of women by men and denying an entire class of people any rights. British occupation also did things long term for India. The modern technology and western customs allowed India to become a burgeoning regional superpower.
Globalization designates this complex process of homogenization, which conforms cultural practices to what we think of as the “western model”. This homogenization contains the propagation of lifestyles, clothing, music, and consumer products as well as the uniformization if culture, norms and values (Cesari, 5). Almost everywhere in the world diversity is being lost to homogeneity and by analyzing corporations, the media and popular culture it supports the argument that with the intensification of globalization local cultures are being changed, and assimilated with the dominant outside culture, America. There is a constant promotion of this American dream by this saturation of commercial and ideological logos, images and symbols as part of the everyday lives of people across the world. Due to this, the moral and political values of our consumer societies have ensured the overlap between the world of life and the world of culture (Zhang, 34), which has placed the importance on the idea of culture and its values.
Wealth and Democracy outlines and explains the politics of the second half of the 20th century. In this book Phillips primarily explores how the rich and politically powerful often work together to create and continue to take advantages at the expense of the national interest, the middle class, and the lower class. The book contains several interesting chapters on history and an analysis of present-day America that reveals the dangerous politics that go with the concentration of wealth. Finally, Phillips gives warnings of new radicalism and argues that the corruptions of wealth and power are destructing the United States. Wealth and Democracy examines the history of Britain and other leading world economic powers to point out the symptoms that signaled their declines such as speculative finance, increasing international debt, record wealth, income and unsatisfying politics.
Wealthy people have been admired in society for a long time but in reality many of the things that rich people did in the early 1900’s led to social and moral decay in America. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald writes about a specific example of this in an area of New York City that is split into two parts called West Egg and East Egg. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, portrays the 1920’s as an era of decline in social and moral aspects of America by using many characters and themes such as the Valley of Ashes, Jay Gatsby’s parties, and Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship. The Valley of Ashes represents the collective deterioration that is a result of the rich community’s lifestyle. Immoral behavior is shown at Jay Gatsby’s parties in the poor behavior of the guests and the illegal activities there.
The projects associated with cultural studies endeavored to make sense of the specific condition of Britain after the second world war, in terms of new forms of mass culture as the locus for the cultivation of forms of individual identity and in light of the restructuring of British social democracy and the dissipation of left politics. Sometime in the late eighties and early nineties, intellectual common sense in the US came to reflect a consensus that everything was political. Voices raised from a variety of sectors joined in the observation that culture had become political and politics cultural. In the words of Sheldon Wolin, "It is hard to think of an action, much less a relationship, that someone has not declared
In the period from 1920 to 1930, commonly referred to as the “Roaring Twenties”, the previously established values in American society underwent significant changes, shifting to materialistic and consumerist ideas. The members of the upper classes lived extravagantly, not realizing many of them were riding on false prosperity. There became a larger split between the upper class and lower class as the rich became richer and the poor became poorer. Money poured into the hands of opportunists who distributed and sold illegal alcohol. A shift in wealth allowed previously poor people to become wealthy.