capability alone to secure a place at a good college or high paying job. The examples of Charles Lindberg and Jay Gatsby from “The Great Gatsby” serves to further show that people should be treated by past achievement rather than future capabilities. Charles Lindberg’s life experience shows that people are often treated by the merits of past achievements. Lindberg was a prominent American aviator of the 1920’s. He was a relatively pedestrian US mail pilot up until he won the Orteig Prize for being the first solo pilot to complete a non-stop transatlantic flight in 1927.
Lindberg was an aviation fanatic and on hearing that a prize of $25,000 was offered by George Orteig for flying across the Atlantic, the 25 year old Lindberg was devoted to accomplishing this feat. Being young and not having achieved a lot as a mail pilot Lindberg had difficulty finding financial funding or airplane manufacturers to support his quest. Lindberg resulted to using his entire life savings in order to commission his plane ‘The Spirit of St. Louis’, to be built.
In the end, this bold move was handsomely rewarded when Lindberg secured a page in history by becoming the first man to fly across the Atlantic successfully. The example of Lindberg shows that in History, people have been treated scores by past achievements rather than capability. This example illustrate that Lindberg had to rely on his own resources to achieve his momentous success. Therefore it is important to treat people according to what they have done as it gives people extra motivation to achieve great things, just as Lindberg did by risking his life savings and safety.
In addition to the life example of Lindberg, “The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald shows the importance of treating others by what they have done rather than what they are capable of. Jay Gatsby is the protagonist of the story. He was the son of a poor Midwestern farmer that became a millionaire in the roaring 1920s through illegal activities. Gatsby’s preoccupation to pursue his American Dream of wealth back by his delusional love ends in tragedy.
In the story, Gatsby uses extravagant means to pursue the love of his life Daisy, who promised to wait for him but married Tom, a wealthy aristocrat in his absence. In Gatsby’s mind, he is preoccupied with the perfect image of the Daisy that is capable of loving him once he has achieved a high social status. In the end, all goes astray when Daisy leaves Gatsby on learning about his true background but allows Gatsby to take the blame for a fatal car accident for her but does she does not even show up for Gatsby’s funeral when he is killed by the victim’s husband.
Gatsby’s example shows us the perils of treating people by capability rather than past actions. Because of Gatsby’s preoccupation with the perfect image of Daisy that is capable of loving him, he disregards her past actions of abandoning him for a richer man. The fact that in the end Daisy chooses to leave Gatsby and not even attend his giving due consideration to examples in history and literature combined funeral shows Gatsby should not have treated Daisy so well because she abandons him again, proving her past actions is recurrent.
Therefore with reference to this example I deduce that people should be treated according to what they have done, and not what they are capable of. nn In conclusion, the example of Lindberg shows us that by treating people on what they can do we encourage people to achieve while Gatsby’s example show us the dangers of treating people by looking at capabilities alone. After giving due consideration to my examples from literature, history with my own observations and experience I conclude that people should treat others by past deeds before capability.