In the beginning of the movie “Blow”, George explains that he did not want to struggle financially like his parents did when he was young. Boston George did not come from a wealthy family, his father worked many hours a week and still didn’t make enough and once George realized that he began to realize that money was of major importance. But,since he did not want get a normal job like everyone he turned toward a life of crime. His life changed once he began to sell drugs. Boston George began to live more lavishly, he bought more expensive clothes, cars, houses, he threw big parties, he made trips around the world and etc.
His main character, Jay Gatsby, spent his whole life trying to become rich enough to win the heart of a now married Daisy. He became rich by bootlegging, selling alcohol illegally. In the end, he ultimately didn't win Daisy’s heart. She instead stayed with her husband, Tom Buchanan, as she rather have a predictable future, rather than an uncertain one. In the novel, Fitzgerald explores the corruption of wealth and how it causes suffering to others, while the rich themselves don’t face the consequences.
Gatsby put up a façade for every single person who thought of him as a business man when actually he became wealthy by selling bootleg liquor. Jay had come up this lie that his parents were wealthy and after their death all the money became Gatsby’s their only son. “I am the son of some wealthy people in the middle- west all dead now “(Fitzgerald 69). Gatsby lying about his past became a piece to the puzzle for his future plans. Life for Gatsby became focused on deceit and facades to continue having the comforts of his present life and the plans for his future.
In addition, the economic growth increased the demand for alcoholic beverages, thus, the economic growth and the consumerism of alcoholic beverages developed in parallel. Jay Gatsby is a character with a rather mysterious and shady past, who presumably was involved in criminal activities such as bootlegging, in order to attain his wealth. Nevertheless, the economic growth was asymmetric in the population, some people became filthy rich at the cost of the ... ... middle of paper ... ...en educated there for many years. It’s a family tradition”, we later find out that this is all lies. He is dishonest because he does not want people to know about his historic background, it is essential for him to build the image of him being born into a rich family.
The novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, is about a man's adventure starting from a poor country boy to becoming a successful businessman. To achieve his goal of wealth he goes through many challenges including near-death, deceit, violence, and love. Ultimately, the main character does fulfill his dream, but his business began to decline. Unlike other typical fiction books, the author, Mohsin Hamid, differentiates his tale by writing without many specifics (such as character names and places) in the second person point of view. He also disguises it as a self-help book, where you are main character trying to become rich.
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.
Gatsby spends six months in Oxford University in England, but obviously it isn’t enough because he then seeks help from another rich man. This person supported Gatsby in his quest for Daisy and even gave him money to start his investment. A quick way to get rich fast is to be a criminal and steel money various ways. This man taught Gatsby the “trick of the trade” or the secret behind being steeling money to become rich.
He spent three years to collect the money needed for the house. “I was in the drug business and then I was in the oil business.” (p.90) Numerous people had their beliefs on how Gatsby gained his money, some believed he was a murderer or a bootlegger. He did everything for and to be near Daisy. Buying the house with money that he worked hard for being a positive aspect. Many people in the 1920‘s may have bootlegged for money, but knowing that Gatsby worked helps show that there was hop... ... middle of paper ... ...you need to want it for yourself.
On another occasion, Gatsby was pulled over for speeding; he flashed the police officer a card and was let off. “Taking a white card from his wallet he waved it before the man’s eyes…Know you next time Mr. Gatsby” (The Great Gatsby 72). Although Fitzgerald does not specificall... ... middle of paper ... ...he prohibition era served as a catalyst, fueling the lucrative bootlegging industry, churning out multi-millionaires (like Gatsby) every other day. Coming from a lower class background, Gatsby could not resist blowing his new money on parties, clothing, and cars, let alone pursue the love of his life. He fell into a delusional state in which he believed that his money could buy anything.
For example Gatsby and Dexter both work to obtain their riches. Gatsby does not start off with all the money that he ends with, in order to become wealthy he has to work for it. “‘He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him and I wasn’t far wrong” (Great 126).