Sociological Analysis of Wall Stree

Topics: Social class, Working class, Wealth Pages: 3 (1163 words) Published: April 16, 2012
Sociological Essay: Movie Analysis, “Wall Street”
The movie “Wall Street” is a classic movie and one of my personal favorites. It’s a fictional story with real world implications. The movie is about an up and coming junior stockbroker named Bud Fox who I doing whatever it takes to get to the top and make big money, like his hero and eventual mentor, Gordon Gekko. Gekko is a legendary player on Wall Street who’s values and intentions are never clear to anyone but himself, and he is always looking to make money no matter who he hurts in the process. Eventually Bud meets Gekko and impresses him to the point that Gekko takes Bud Fox under his wing. The two begin business together seemingly always using insider information to make deals. Bud Fox goes to extreme lengths to impress Gekko throughout and does. Eventually Bud gives Gekko inside information about a company Bluestar Airlines, which Bud’s father works for. When Gekko decides to break up the company Bud decides to do something to get back at Gekko by using insider information causes Gekko to lose millions. Eventually being charged with insider trading, Bud turns on Gekko further by wearing a tape recorder to gather evidence of insider trading on Gekko himself.

When analyzing the movie, the one quote that best sums it all up is Gekko’s statement, “Greed is good”. The social-conflict approach is the best approach to take when analyzing the events and message of the film. The movie was very clear on showing how social standing and class ranking in society, and power allow for certain groups of people to exploit other groups. In this case we are looking at a group of people, in the movie Gordon Gekko and eventually Bud Fox, which have wealth, power, and social prestige to use it to their advantage to gain more wealth and power at the expense of others. Gekko has the power and social standing to get information others cannot, and use them to his advantage to make money while causing others, usually lower class...
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