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The great Martin Scorsese directs the highly controversial movie The Wolf Of Wall Street. The movie is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. In the early 1990s Belfort uses knowledge he acquired by Mark Hanna, played by Matthe McConaughey to perform the biggest securities scam of the time. With his team Belfort becomes a prosperous stockbroker who will do anything to stay at the top. The Wolf of Wall Street reveals the human condition’s obsession with money and power, which inevitable leads down a self-destructive journey.
Jordan Belfort starts off his first day on Wall Street eager to make it to the top, only to be told he is nothing more than lowly scum by Thomas Middleditch’s character. Mark Hanna takes Jordan out to lunch later that afternoon to show him the “real” way of making money. Mark explains that there is only two ways of being a stockbroker without losing your mind, and that is with cocaine and prostitutes. Mark incepts that making money is the only goal one should have. He tells Jordan that his only objective is to move money from the client’s pocket to your pocket. Jordan is first hesitant about cheating his client’s money away from them, but puts his skepticism aside and joins in on Hanna’s power chant. Jordan faces an internal conflict similar to what many have felt; should I choose to make money even if I know my actions to obtain that money is morally wrong? Like Jordan most people selfishly continue to make money, and push away their morals aside.
Jordan starts to acquire wealth beyond his wildest dreams. Just as he is on the brink of creating his own firm, his wife is conscience-stricken and asks Jordan why he has to target the working class knowing, the penny stocks he is d...

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...rison for securities fraud and a plethora of over crimes and is sentenced for 36 months. While in prison Jordan says “ he had become so accustomed to a life where everything was for sale.” This shows he had become drunk with power by the end of the whole debacle. After he gets out he has nothing left not even his friend Donnie, so he proceeds to do the only thing he knows how to make money. The movie ends with him teaching a seminar on how to become a millionaire.
Jordan started off with moderately humble goals and expectations, but as he grew accustomed to the lifestyle he would risk anything and everything including his family to continue living it. “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it,” written by Aung San Suu Kyi exemplifies Jordan’s life.
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