The first character who represents the shallowness of the wealthy is Myrtle Wilson, even though she is not wealthy at all. She seeks to escape her own class and stoops to the low point of betraying her trusting husband who loves her more than anything. Her attempt to break into the higher class that Tom belongs to is doomed to fail. Even though she does take on Tom's way of living during their affair, she only becomes more vulgar and corrupt like the rich. She scorns people from her own class and loses all sense of morality.
“I says to myself, this is a girl that I’m letting him rob her of her money,” Huck knows that the Wilks girls are nice and will live an awful life without the money left to them (Twain 176). Huck struggles with this dilemma, because the girls, especially Mary Jane, are so sweet and unsuspecting, yet the con men are scary and Huck was going along with it. Huck eventually comes clean to Mary Jane which pits him against the con men, but helping these kind girls has become more important. Huck has become extremely fed up with the con men and their aliases, and finally takes a step against them. This is a case where Huck’s good nature really shines against
Scott Fitzgerald, two characters, Myrtle Wilson and Jay Gatsby suffered although different in social class appearance and gender, suffer from the inability to differentiate between illusions and reality, causing their downfalls. Myrtle and Gatsby have similar goals, but different ambitions. Gatsby wants to achieve wealth for the sole purpose of regaining his previous love interest, Daisy, where as Myrtle wants to obtain wealth for her selfish desire of status and integration into the upper class. However, they both begin their journeys to downfall when they sacrifice all morality for this wealth. Gatsby becomes a criminal, and seduces a married woman and ultimately break up her family for his own selfish goal of winning his old love back.
In William Dean Howells’ novel, The Rise of Silas Lapham Silas is a very greedy selfish person who does not care about anything except climbing the social ladder. He has false social aspirations and his lust for power help his business to flourish as he rips people off and steels people’s money. As Silas begins to get higher and higher on the social ladder he begins to realize that his dreams are empty and have no real value as he achieves them. His greed and selfishness then come back to haunt him causing him to feel pain over things that he had done and while trying to rectify his wrongs he goes too far and fails his business. Silas Lapham’s character shift from selfish greed to honest unselfishness caused the collapse of his business and the loss of his money.
Gatsby is surrounded by proof of the unhappiness that “success” can bring, as seen especially through Tom and Daisy. Their marriage is full of lies and deceit, and they are both searching for something greater than what they already have. Gatsby is so blinded by his dream that he does not see that money cannot buy love or happiness. Fitzgerald effectively offers a powerful critique of a materialistic society and the effects it can have on one’s hopes and dreams. Works Cited Fitzgerald, F. Scott.
He tells the reader about the downfall of an upper middle class family struggling to maintain appearances through habitual overspending. The author displays the negative effect of money, luck, lack of love in the upper middle class English life and of modern society causing the dehumanization of the society as a whole. The main theme of the story is that greed destroys all in its path, and sometimes gets in the way of the truth and takes the place of love. In the story the mother and father are loveless and greedy. Neither the mother nor the father showed his or her love for the children and they were both greedy.
She as well is a cheater , bad driver and very nosy. Consequently we can all see that in The Great Gatsby, all characters besides Nick Carraway and Mr. Wilson are in favor of wealth. Having everything their way, being careless and repugnant not caring who they hurt. The American dream is not always about power and wealth, of who is better or Hernandez 5 who has more money. Things at the end do not come out like what they expected, they are to focused up in trying to be happy they do not realize the consequences they are confronting.
and giant clothing collection all represent the corruption. His use of status when the police officer completely ignored him after violating the law. But the biggest example is Tom and Daisy Buchanan, who live without hope and regret because all they care about is money, being wealthy and at the top of the social class. Nick describes the Buchanan's as careless people. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back to their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they made…” (Fitzgerald 179)
From there to Frank Harris's contemptuous term 'a credulous fool' is but a step. As a consequence, such a man, placed against the background of a highly civilized society, can know little of "all the humbug, pretence, selfishness, lust and vileness which-especially in a rich and refined society are rampant everywhere." Having entered innocently into a "hasty, ill-mated, and un- looked-for marriage," he seems almost foredoomed to lose his faith in his wife."... ... middle of paper ... ...hero reduced to a cold blooded murderer because of his jealousy, trust of a villain and, ironically, distrust of his own wife. Works Cited Cassal, Steve.
Tom and Daisy Buchanan are a perfect example of what happened to people who got too caught up in materialism and status. Over the course of the novel, Nick grows to despise his cousins. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things in creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made… (Fitzgerald 179). Although Tom and Daisy seem to have the perfect life, they are extremely unhappy on the inside and in their relationship. They are corrupt along with the rest of society and toss away their only chance of a happy life in order to have a lavish lifestyle.