Wall Street: The business ethics in the movie Essay

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Wall Street: The business ethics in the movie

Wall Street

The movie "Wall Street" is a representation of poor morals and dissapointing business
ethics in the popular world of business. This movie shows the negative effects that bad
business morals can have on society. The two main characters are Bud Fox played by Charlie
Sheen and Gordon Gekko played by Michael Douglas. Bud Fox is a young stockbroker who comes
from an honest working-class family but on the other hand, Gordon Gekko is a millionaire
who Bud admires and wants to be associated with. Greed seems to be a huge theme of this
movie. This movie portrays the unethical society we live in. It shows how money oriented
society has become and that people will do almost anything to get ahead. Competitiveness
has become such a widespread game all over the country, especially in big cities.

At the start of Wall Street, Bud Fox is young and insecure about the business world. Bud
is a broker seeking new clients and offering second-hand advice regarding the buying and
selling of stock. Bud was faced with a choice that would change his life. He was so sure
he wanted to be involved with Gordon Gekko that he was willing to do whatever it took to
be a part of his immoral scheme. It only took about five minutes for Bud to agree to give
insider information about stocks to Gekko in order to become more lucrative and
manipulative at the same time. Bud wants to sell him stocks, and hopefully one day be like
he is. Bud is obviously desperate to do business with Gekko and he passes on some inside
information about the airline company that his father works for. Gekko saw this as an
opportunity to gain money from inside information and took Bud under his wing. As the
relationship between the two develops Bud becomes aware of the corruptness and
ruthlessness of the industry in which he works. He learns that using inside information
can raise or lower the price of stocks. Bud obviously made this choice to climb the
economic ladder no matter what it took. He wanted to become hugely successful just as
Gekko was. There were pros and cons that had to do with the decision making. Money was the
main goal of these lucrative schemes, but on the other hand, these men risked their jobs
and the chance of possibly going to jail in order to be immorally and dishonestly
successful. Initially Bud looked up to Gekko in an almost pathetic way, trying to do
anything and everything to get himself into the right position. This movie also shows how
people seem to just want things for themselves and not the community. They don't care if
they use others in order to get what they want. There's no sense of general responsibility
for the public or the clients and they just want to make sure they make money, selfishly
and illegally.

In this situation I might be just how Bud was initially; intrigued and interested in
making money. I might succumb to the pressure f making money and being successful, but in
the long run I would also be just like Bud in realizing that a man isn't "measured by the
size of his wallet" (Wall Street). I understand how hard it could be not to get ‘sucked
in' to so much money so fast. But in the same sense, I do realize how immoral, unethical,
and most of all how much of a risk being involved like this is.

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