By Cole Sander and Kayleigh Smith
In Goldman Sachs We Trust
The Great Gatsby
Jordan Baker has always been one to exaggerate the truth and rely on lies and discrepancies in order to achieve her goals. “At her first big golf tournament, there was a suggestion that she had moved the ball from a bad lie,” she chooses to undermine her chances of success by constantly throwing away her integrity (Fitzgerald 57). Jordan was not able to understand that at some points she may encounter an obstacle in her life, and was unwilling to change. It lead her to be “incredibly dishonest” but she was able to achiever her dreams due to her lack of integrity. (Fitzgerald 58)
Integrity is something that is needed in everyone's lifestyle; honesty, morals and principles. Nick Carraway seems to be the most honest, moral character in The Great Gatsby. He observes scandals, secrets, and dishonesty unfold. However, he still believes that he is an upstanding person, as he states “I am one of the few honest people I know” (Fitzgerald 59). But, in turn not acting upon those improprieties impacted Nick’s integrity towards the people in his life, and the decisions he made. For example, when Gatsby talks to Nick about the hit and run on Myrtle, all Nick does is stand there. He does not seem to be concerned about doing anything to help the conflict. Nick believed that moving to West Egg would fulfill all of his dreams, but his lack of integrity cost him the way of life he used to live and made him realize that he did not need to be associated with people in West and East Egg.
Tom and Daisy
Tom and Daisy are surrounded by money. They have built their lives on lies, not caring about how they are affecting the people surrounding them. Just as Gatsby describes them, “their voices are full of money” they only cared about wealth and will do anything to get their way (Fitzgerald 120). Tom is a very careless person, he gives no regard to his wife, having an open affair with a mistress and letting everyone know about it. He moves on to the next thing and disregards having integrity. Tom and Daisy "were careless people, they smashed up things and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, and let other people clean up the mess they made.” (Fitzgerald 179). The lack of integrity of Tom and Daisy enabled them to have get everything they wanted and fulfill their dreams.
Newsman Urges Integrity
Courage, Character And Integrity Can Counter 'Corrupticut'
Political parties, issues and industries are built up on ideas of power, wealth and prosperity. When corruption hits it is because of the people. Politicians who decide that the wealth and power that is used to build up nations is used for personal profitability. In Connecticut, this same idea occurred, not only did the Speaker of the House, “Chris Donovan become arrested by the FBI for allegedly participating in a money laundering scheme” but, “Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley, another candidate in the 5th District, was mired in questions about financial dealings between her husband and former Gov. John Rowland” (Trimble WWW). Political scandals are occurring every single day, business advisors and politicians working their way to the top by lying, cheating and even bribing, their integrity is completely lost. “If only the party leadership steps out of the box, there can be solutions.” (Trimble WWW) In Ethan Cannon’s novel in 2008, he states that “power begins to grow from its own essence, rising no longer exclusively from the man but from the office itself” (Trimble WWW). It provided evidence backing up the scandals that occurred in Connecticut. In the case of Connecticut, new standards of integrity, character, and morals are warranted in order to change and benefit for more than just themselves. Their lack of integrity cost them their jobs and they ended up in jail, because they wanted to benefit themself. Eventhough a lack of integrity may allow some people to reach their dreams and can also cause people to lose everything.