The Cost of Pursuing a Dream

hon·es·ty// noun: the quality of being fair and truthful

"Great Gatsby" & "Inside Job"

Great Gatsby and Inside Job each elaborate the hardships of their different time era. In the Great Gatsby. The narrator, Nick Carraway begins his journey claiming to be "one of the few honest people [he's] ever known"(Fitzgerald, 58). Throughout the story, Nick personally evaluates each characters life, yet gradually stands back quietly, not sharing his insight. In return, Nick earned himself a dishonoring name because of his selfish dream to find a fortune in success. In comparison, Inside Job consisted of several well known banking and investment compananies of Wall Street, such as AIG, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. The companies illegal actions such as illegal investments and invalid loans earned them a dishonest title as well and resulted in "tens of billions of bailout money" that Wall Street profited from (Ferguson, Charles). As Nick chose to be exclusive for his dream of fortune, Wall Street was becoming more and more corrupt because of there secretive fraud that's they too did for the dream of fortune, both lacking dishonesty.


"Junk Mortgages", "In Goldman Sachs We Trust" & "Why I Left Goldman Sachs"

In this article, "Junk Mortgages Under the Microscope" Allan Sloan delivers a clear message of the corruptions in the investment world, more specifically, Goldman Sachs cheating Americans into buying homes they cannot afford. Sloan alerts us that Goldman tells it's people that the second mortgage borrowers have .7% stock in their homes but actually, the "...loan to loan value of the issues borrowers was 99.25%" (Slaon, Allan). The purpose behind all of this was to profit , and essentially, greed. In the following article, "In Goldman Sachs We Trust", Robert Lenzener explains "... Sachs culture is brilliant, but it's long term and short term greedy" (Lenzener). This further connects to Greg smiths testimony on why he left Goldman Sachs. He claims he remembers the era when the company "revolved around teamwork, integrity..." , but now it's a huge corrupted mess with money profiting as the only concern. The trust is gone because greed has overpowered. The pattern is simple, greed leads to dishonesty.




Cites Sources

The Great Gatsby:
The Great Gatsby By: F. Scott Fitzgerald


In Goldman Sachs We Trust

Lenzner, Robert. "In Goldman Sachs We Trust." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 17 July 2009. Web. 07 Jan. 2014. <http://www.forbes.com/2009/07/16/goldman-sachs-banking-business-wall-street.html>.


Inside Job:

<http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/site/#/thejargon>

Ferguson, Charles. "Inside Job." Inside Job Film. Sony Pictures, 8
Oct. 2010. Web. 7 Jan. 2013.
<http://english3ap.wikispaces.com/file/view/inside+job+background.pdf/266956752/inside%20job%20background.pdf>.


Junk Mortgages Under the Microscope:
Sloan, Allan. "Junk Mortgages Under the Microscope."

CNNMoney. Cable News Network, 16 Oct. 2007. Web. 07 Jan. 2013. <http://money.cnn.com/2007/10/15/markets/junk_mortgages.fortune/index.htm>.


Why Im Leaving Goldman Sachs:

Smith, Greg. "Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs." The Opinion
Page. The New York Times, 14 Mar. 2012. Web. 7 Jan. 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/opinion/why-i-am-leaving-goldman-sachs.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0>.