Depression Writings

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 pursuit of pleasure. He
did not work