Summary Of ' The Great Gatsby ' By Richard Rodriguez

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Materialism “Family Values” by Richard Rodriguez is about a man coming out about his sexuality to his family. Though it is indeed about the value held within the family ties. I found it also touches on the concept of materialism. It talks about the importance held on earning money, more specifically earning more money than others. It touches on the ideals that money makes you more of a man or woman. It is said in the work “Soon he is earning more money than his father ever made (his father’s authority is thereby subtly undermined) (Rodriguez). It talks about how when a son earns more money than his father, then he basically becomes more of an authority than his father. This is a type of materialism as a concept that material things such as money makes you a better man or person than someone else. Materialism is the practice of holding material objects at a higher value than spiritual values. Another work that contains the ideal of materialism is the classic novel, The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though it has many concepts within it, the one ambiguous term that comes to mind when talking about The Great Gatsby is materialism. The Great Gatsby is centered upon the ideal of materialism. It is surrounded by the flashiness of being wealthy and having all that money can buy. All the characters such as Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and Tom Buchanan hold material things very highly. Mr. Gatsby and Mr. Buchanan show this significantly with their big mansions, fast

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