Essay on Materialism

Daisy describes Tom Buchanan as a “brute”

Tom Buchanan, the incredibly wealthy husband to Daisy, is undoubtedly portrayed as a selfish and violent man in the novel and comes to represent the immorality and materialism of the ‘Jazz Age’. Tom had great sporting success at college, but now, having stopped, everything else feels like an “anti-climax”. Tom is prejudiced and not very […]

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A Little Cloud

‘A Little Cloud’ is the first of the ‘maturity’ stories in Dubliners, preceded by ‘Counterparts’, ‘Clay’ and ‘A Painful Case’. The story is archetypal of Joyce’s style and embraces all the key themes of, class, materialism, escapism and above all the paralysis and struggle of Ireland. The opinion that Ireland is a country lowly in […]

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The Quest for Wisdom

In his novel Brave New World Aldous Huxley warns of the consequence of over-reliance on material knowledge. Plato’s account of the last days of Socrates also presents us with an argument against materialism, but rather as dialectic. Huxley is trying to come to grips with a modern world in which material values reign supreme. In […]

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Richard and Looking for Richard

Humans find resonance in connections to ideas, values and concepts. Art and literature are shaped by the society in which they are made. In this, the values of the contextual society will impact, in some way, upon the outcome come of the piece of work as the creator seeks to appeal to their audience. However, […]

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Hofstede’s Model

Geert Hofstede developed a cultural dimension model that explains the five categories of positions between national cultures. The five dimensions pertaining to this model include: individualism, materialism, time orientation, deference to authority and uncertainty avoidance. Hofstede’s research is still practiced today but has undergone some changes since it was first introduced due to cultural and […]

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Love vs. Materialism in the Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby does not offer a definition of love, or a contrast between love and romance. Rather it suggests that what people believe to be love is normally only a dream. America in the 1920s was a country where moral values were slowly crumbling and Americans soon only had one dream and objective to […]

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Christianity vs. Materialism

Just two weeks ago I was in Radio Shack looking at a pair of head phones I wanted. Though merely forty dollars, I couldn’t at first bring myself to buy them. Why? Because that was money I could give to God, and allow for Him to use it for His glory. I didn’t buy them. […]

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