This in turn causes further corruption because the nourishing land is not able to save the people from their obsession with money. Wang Lung starts off poor, but happy. While he is not satisfied with his place in life, especially compared to the seemingly mighty and rich House of Hwang, Wang Lung is pleased to have a wife, Olan. Olan helps him in the fields, in addition to all of her housework, and she bears him sons. With her help, Wang Lung becomes successful and rich.
As a result, she is generous and even frivolous with her money, giving her an incredible debt. Mme. Ranevskaya's brother Gayev is just as emotional as his sister is; however, he possesses a certain intellectual prowess that Lubov lacks. Both characters exhibit Lubov's tragic flaw: they must continually re-strain themselves from over-expression of their feelings. Another significant character is Lopahin, a local merchant who was raised a peasant but has since acquired much wealth.
In my opinion, I think it is the fact that Magwitch gives Pip the money to help him become a gentleman, that turns him into a kind of Frankenstein character not the other way round. Pip always dreams of becoming rich and being a gentleman, but in the end it is obvious that he does not need this unwanted wealth that drives him forwards in society but backwards in the real world, where other things count. The reader starts to dislike Pip in the book the more he gains and the
The Color of Money in The Great Gatsby A major aspect of The Great Gatsby was the effect that money has on each one of the characters. Money influenced Daisy’s love, it influenced Tom life, influences Nick’s wants, Jordan’s standards, and money also pushed Gatsby to get what he lost. The effect money has on Daisy is noticed from the beginning. She is married to a wealthy man in which she says she loves. The love for her husband is not the same love that she has had with other men.
For example, although Miss Havisham and Estella have a very respectable public image, and are considered to be rich, they are dissatisfied, sorrowful people. They treat people very poorly and rude. On the other hand, Joe, Pip’s father figure in the novel, and Biddy are very poor, yet they treat everyone kindly and look for the best in others. Dickens mixes the feelings of character’s public image and generosity in order to prove that just because you are wealthy, does not mean you are happy. Sadly, Pip does not learn this until it is too
In Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy explores the effect of social and economic classes on Tess’s life through generational poverty, Tess’ work efforts, and contrasts of classes. Tess’ life was predestined to be difficult because of her lower social and economic class. However, as the novel opens, Tess’ father, Jack Durbeyfield, is informed he is actually of the extinct royal lineage of the noble D’Urbervilles. The D’Urbervilles wealth is long gone however, and the name is negligible (Hardy 2). However, Jack takes this trivial piece of history and treats himself as if he were the richest man alive.
The Wealthy during the 1920s are shown to be egotistical people who only care about their own pleasure. New found independence, new technology, and a ban that only make alcohol more tempting certainly makes this prosperous time a moral dystopia. For the first time for many people, they can do almost anything with money; sometimes at the expense of others. The others were forced to live in poverty, endured careless rich people, and get blamed for their mess. Unfortunately for the rich, the Great Depression slap them back into reality and they have to work hard to get back what they lost.
This is important as it is a signal to readers in Scrooge’s financial situation that they will be happier after the change. My conclusion is that Scrooge’s character is used by Dickens to represent an exgaratted stereotypical version of the Victorian wealthy businessman who is greedy. The story is not only an attempt by Dickens to tell these businessmen what they are missing out on by being greedy(as proven by Scrooge’s happiness after the change) but also meant to expose the unfairness in Society where the rich who can do the most to improve lives do not even try to do so.
Parts of the book were quite hysterical given the lengths that some of the Astors would go to keep their money to themselves. Although these were extremely superficial people, it was interesting to read about the views of New Yorkers back in that era. It is astounding how much money this family had for that time. The excessive consumption left the lower classes open to judge their philistine upper class values. Examining these men's lives and projects, reveals the time in all its cultural distinction and extravagance.
Because Daisey seems to fall in love with Gatsby again, it shows that she was not really in love with Tom, it was his "old" money that she is truly in love with. Money is important to Tom and Daisey because it makes them feel superior to those who have less. All of these characters have been corrupted by their greed but the one person that has not is Nick, Daisey's cousin. He is nice enough to help Gatsby with Daisey out of friendship, not for his money. In the book, money symbolizes a social evil as it destroys lives of people corrupted by wealth.