Greed Is Not Good

by Aurore Vitela, July 2015

300 words

1 page


Greed Is Not Good

IntroductionFor the achievement of economic and political reality, greed is not acceptable. This can be seen clearly from the 1987 movie the Wall Street. According to this movie, the 1980s were typified by corporate greed under the disguise of capitalism. Various instances of insider trading were visible in many takeovers and company buyouts as well as the purchase of company stock. The movie has two characters, Bud Fox and Gordon Gekko, who deal in securities and stock exchange (Wescheler 1). The movie is typified by greed and insider trading with the objective of making extra money or having better company information than the competitors. Mr. Fox, a junior stockbroker, desperately wants to become a senior trader. He wants to follow and be involved with his mentor and hero Mr. Gordon Gekko, a legendary but ruthless player in the game. The values that Mr. Gekko upholds conflict with the values of Mr. Fox’s father. Mr. Fox’s father believes in hard work and the provision of value for services or products and not on the speculation of services or products offered by others. In my opinion, Mr. Fox’s father believes should be the hallmark of any economic activity. Mr. Fox’s desire to be like his mentor and hero compels him to offer inside information, about Bluestar Airline, to Mr. Gekko; in order to have his attention (Wescheler 1). Mr. Fox continues to spy the market for Mr. Gekko, resulting in a relationship that leads to immense wealth for the two individuals. However, the activities of Mr. Fox in the market draw the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which begins his pursuit (Wescheler 2). Their business relationship changes when Mr. Gekko decides to dissolve his company with the aim of accessing finances. ConclusionIn my opinion, Mr. Gekko is more successful than Mr. Fox because he noticed that they were trending dangerously, and he was willing to end the spying, speculation and insider trading with Mr. Fox. However, the greed in Mr. Fox could not allow the trading to end so he sought to fix Mr. Gekko. This eventually led to the arrest of Mr. Fox for economic crimes, leaving Mr. Gekko to continue with his life and business, as he faces serious economic crimes. Work CitedWescheler, Raymond. Wall Street. Drama. 2002. Page …

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