Analysis Of The Poem ' The Gospel Of Wealth '

2081 Words Sep 26th, 2014 9 Pages
Dagan Martinez
Dr. Amanda Bruce
AMH2020
26 September 2014
Comparison, Analysis, and Criticism of Economic Ideals in the Gilded Age In his essay, “The Gospel of Wealth,” Andrew Carnegie argues that the imbalance of economic wealth is essential to the advancement of society. In days past, there was little difference between the quality of life between a ruler and his subject. Alluding to a time when Carnegie visited the chief of an indigenous American tribe, he observed that the Chief of the Indians ', who lived in a state of antiquity, tent was no different from even the poorest among the tribe. Returning back to this stage of civilization would be detrimental to both the ruler and subject. Is it better for all of us to live in poverty than for a few of us to have riches? Shouldn 't those who prove themselves masters in art and literature and those of higher intelligence have more than those with no talent? This is the way society is progressing. Whether or not one actually believes that doesn 't matter, as changing the destiny of civilization is beyond one 's power. (Carnegie, 28-29) It is better to improve society through the construction public foundations such as museums and libraries rather than alms-giving. Through alms-giving, one encourages laziness and vagrancy rather than integrity, and thus damages society. Through public structures, one provides support for those who actually wish to succeed can rise in society. Those who are most deserving of alms rarely need…
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