Essay on Cant Buy Me Love/3 Short Stories (check This Out)

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Cant Buy Me Love/3 Short Stories (check This Out)


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Can't Buy Me Love

The depression was an era of extremes. A person was more than likely extremely poor, or in
the lucky upper 1% that was extremely wealthy. The middle class was virtually not
existent. All of these income groups, including those characterized in our three stories,
wanted money because it supposedly brought happiness, but were actually struggling to
cling to the intangible, unreachable feeling of love.


If money leads to love, Dexter Green has bought it a thousand times over. He wanted not
association with the glittering things and glittering people [but] the glittering things
themselves" even if they come in the shape of an object, a person, a house, a manner, or
as simple as a life (Fitzgerald Dreams 58). He is still the "proud, desirous little boy"
of his youth (Dreams 64). This reincarnation of the Victorian gilded age reinstates the
fact those things that look of worth might really be empty of value inside. This
glittering hollowed thing for Dexter Green appears as Judy Jones. He wants her; he longs
for her because he has everything else. "Often he reached out for the best without knowing
why he wanted it;" just another trophy on his shelf, and seemingly the gift one might give
a person who has everything (Dreams 58). He is desperate for the lifestyle, the glittering
things, and belonging.


Judy, herself, is a symbol of wealth and to men, the ideal of love. She has proper
breeding, incredible beauty, popularity, and above of all, lots of money. Though she is
what men want to use as an example of love, she can not love. Rather, she is merely the
idea of love and evidently the irony of love. She has no human capacity for it for she is
only playing the game to prove that she can "[make] men conscious to the highest degree of
her physical loveliness" and make them fall in love with her in an instant (Dreams 65).
Judy had fun with men and "was entertained only by the gratification of her desires and by
the direct exercise of her own charm" (Dreams 61-2). She optimizes the evils of money and
loses all that is attractive about her when tied down to marriage. She was a goddess with
no morals in the eyes of men but was desperate for power, lust, and the thought of finding
love.


Francis and Margot add an interesting twist to our achieved view of the rich. Francis was
a metaphorical light in the darkness of money. Unlike the rest of the characters, he had a
happy ending to his life for he was truly happy during his last moments. Death did not
stop him, because no matter what anyone did or said about him, he had won; he beat his
stereotype. Life is the lion to Francis Macomber, the "worst one can do is kill you" and
in a way it did (Hemmingway 1587). He was the only one to be physically depraved because
of his early death. He, ultimately, was desperate to be a man and desperate to have "no
bloody fear" in leaving Margaret (Hemmingway 1587).


The name, Margot, will now because of this character, will mean uncaring. Every aspect of
her life had been by evil and hate for herself, which she then deposited onto her husband.
She is the type of person that in order to make herself feel worthy has to taunt, tease
and slander someone; she is "simply enameled in American female cruelty" (Hemmingway
1569). She is desperate to stay young and beautiful; she was desperate to make sure she
was not left behind. She had Francis's ticket in her hot little hand but kept in close to
her because without it he would have left her. For "Margot was too beautiful for Macomber
to divorce her and Macomber had too much money for Margot ever to leave him" (Hemmingway
1579). This is a marital "check" to keep each other in a position where they might not be
able to leave. This is clear connection to Judy Jones and the way she loves to play with a
man's mind. Margot does it not like Judy just because she can, but rather because she
believes, she has to. From the examples we can see a model rich woman: idle, sinister,
bored, and scared, the perfect jezebel.


Marion and Charlie's relationship in "Babylon Revisited" seems to be the internal conflict
between the rich and the poor in the depression. Charlie's life is summarized as the
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