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Ge (Joyce) Tian Mr. Jeremy Hartzell English 101-117 02-15-2011 A Deeper Look into Wall Street For anyone studying history, Wall Street is the place where the Bill of Rights was initially passed and signed in 1789. For other citizens of United States as well as the rest of the world, Wall Street is the financial center of United States. The significance of Wall Street made New York City one of the main financial centers in the world (Fitzgerald), which consists of many headquarters of investment banks, financial banks, and brokerage firms (Answer.com). The first impression people have on Wall Street is money and power, a lot of these views come from the movie Wall Street , directed by Oliver Stone in 1987. The movie Wall Street highlights the activities that take place from an insider’s view of Wall Street at the time: the difficulties for a stockbroker to survive in Wall Street and the greed of a very wealthy and ambitious man. The storyline of Wall Street reflects many different perspectives of our society. In the beginning it expresses the difference between good versus evil, it also discusses the debatable topic: is greed good? In the end, the movie brings up the conclusion that money isn’t able to bring people happiness. The director of the movie Wall Street , Oliver Stone, expressed in an interview “There is no black [or] white, Wall Street is good, [or] Wall Street is bad” (Capital). He does not believe that there is black and white on Wall Street. In Oliver’s movie, he uses the main character Bud Fox to show that there’s no clear line drawn between good and evil, most people on Wall Street live in the gray area. Gordon Gekko represents pure evil and Bud’s dad represents pure good. Throughout the movie Bud finds himself stuck in the war between good and evil. 1
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Bud Fox is a junior stockbroker; he wants to be like his role model, Gordon Gekko who is like a big “elephant” to him: Bud wants power, money and fame just like Gordon Gekko. Bud wants to be rich and he knows that the only way for him to reach his goal is through Gordon Gekko. So he decides to trade his morals for money, to do unethical and illegal things in order to be rich. On the other hand, Bud is brought up by his father, who is an honest man who cares for
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