In hopes of rebuilding America, the capitalists’ hunger for wealth only widened the gap between the rich and poor. During the 1800’s, business leaders who built their affluence by stealing and bribing public officials to propose laws in their favor were known as “robber barons”. J.P. Morgan, a banker, financed the restructuring of railroads, insurance companies, and banks. In addition, Andrew Carnegie, the steel king, disliked monopolistic trusts. Nonetheless, ruthlessly destroying the businesses and lives of many people merely for personal profit; Carnegie attained a level of dominance and wealth never before seen in American history, but was only able to obtain this through acts that were dishonest and oftentimes, illicit.
The character of Jay Gatsby became more of a reality rather than imaginary after the death of Dan Cody, Gatsby’s wealthy mentor. Gatsby mimics his late idol because he wants to be part of the wealthy elite class. Fitzgerald directly contrasts “vague contour” and “substantiality” to emphasize the intricate development of Gatsby’s character underwent. In a sense, Gatsby is lying to everyone about who he is. Gatsby and Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband, have an impassioned argument about how Gatsby earns his money through drug cartels.
A person from any social background could, potentially, make a fortune. Additionally, the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1919, which banned the sale of alcohol, created a booming illegal industry designed to satisfy the massive demand for bootleg liquor among the rich and poor. Fitzgerald positions the characters of The Great Gatsby as symbols of these social trends. Nick and Gatsby, both of whom fought in World War I, exhibit the newfound cultural diversity and skepticism that resulted from the war. The various social climbers and ambitious speculators who attend Gatsby’s parties illustrate the greedy scramble for wealth.
He never fully intended on creating a lasting relationship with Myrtle, and found her to be nothing more than the sense of vitality... ... middle of paper ... ...ons and social class were exceedingly important. Tom was able to provide these things for her, and she knew it, meaning she went into the relationship, knowing it could never be long term because it wouldn’t provide her with the life she craved. Thus, she led Gatsby on and played with his emotions, until he ultimately met his death, after which, Daisy made her way back to Tom, and didn’t even show up for Gatsby’s funeral. Daisy manipulated Gatsby into loving her by leading him on, knowing fully well that the relationship would never turn out well. However she didn’t think of the consequences and continued on doing what she thought would give her the greatest life.
He fell into a delusional state in which he believed that his money could buy anything. Gatsby, unsatisfied with his humble origins, wanted a life of sumptuous parties, fancy clothing, and the woman of his dreams. This led him to the corrupt underground world of illegal operations, especially the smuggling of alcohol. The 1920’s marked a decade of loose moral and social values. People were engaged in an era of consumerism as displayed by Gatsby’s parties.
Wanting to be with her true love again, she sneaks visits with him without Tom knowing. Just like Myrtle had, Daisy torn into her own marriage. She loved both men, but as soon as it was found out, the men began fighting for her. “I glanced at Daisy who was staring terrified between Gatsby and her husband…” (Fitzgerald 143). This isn’t what Daisy wanted at all.
Hedda’s relationship with all three men ultimately created a life she was unhappy with thus leading her closer to her death. Her husband, who is suppose to the love of a young wives life meant nothing to Hedda. She treated Tesman as if he was her servant and used him to get whatever she wanted. But her selfishness came back to bite her because she felt completely condemned to life with Tesman which was boring and uneventful. Lovborg was the closest to loving a man who wasn't her father Hedda ever had but she pushed him away and ultimately helped Lovborg’s death arrive sooner then intended by giving him her pistol.
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.
He went around the obstacle of finding a way to become rich and started selling grain alcohol over the counter and cheated his way to becoming rich. Gatsby had to change his original dream of becoming rich for Daisy to working hard and doing what he had to do in order to become rich for Daisy instead. Nick, while talking to Gatsby for his first time states, “I think he hardly knew what he was saying, for when I asked him what business he was in he answered, ‘That 's my affair," before he realized that it wasn 't the appropriate reply. ‘Oh, I 've been in several things," he corrected himself. ‘I was in the drug business and then I was in the oil business.
This holds true for three of the main characters in the novel, Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan, and Daisy Buchanan. To reach his ideal dream of spending his life with Daisy, Jay Gatsby attains his millions in a corrupt way which help him to replace emotions, and tries to cover it up with lies throughout the novel. In order to become rich, Gatsby engaged in illegal occupations such as bootlegging and being involved in the Mafia. “He and this Wolfsheim bought and sold grain alcohol over the counter.” (Fitzgerald 134). This is the opposite idea of the American Dream, which states that only the good, virtuous and hard working are rewarded.