In many happy-ending stories, he would have honored his promise and they would have faced the world together, but he chose not to. It is safe to say that he viewed his dream and Kate as two opposing forces that he had to choose from. Between love and money, it is easy to see which won in Jack's case.
As a successful Wall Street broker, Jack epitomizes the view that human worth equals financial success as reiterated by Neisser1. He believes that he has everything that he'll ever need, yet his thirst for material things cannot be denied and he is sadly lacking in true friends. He lives in a superficial world where no emotion is deep enough to be considered pure or honest - but the thing is, that truth can only be seen by us, the viewers. Jack is oblivious to the impersonal relationship that he has with the people around him. In the social sphere that he was portrayed to be living in, money has removed the personal element in human relationships2. Everything is automatic; everything appears to have been designed to cater to the appetite of the affluent at the snap of their fingers - women, things, etc.
Had Jack taken the road more traveled, he knew that he would not be where he is, and at that point, when he was having that conversation with his colleague, he was sure that he made the right choice. Although, personally, I think being in his comfort zone helped support Jack's perception of what was important to him.
To say that this scenario was brought about by capitalism would be an untruth. Truth be told, people have been balancing the choice between money and love for centuries, what makes it more obvious at present is the big rift between the financial standing of the affluent versus the majority which highlights just how high the stakes are in...
This essay uses a movie example to research the issue of money and love connection, that are present in today's society. Jack Campbell, the main protagonist in the movie named The Family Man challenges us to look at our own life closely and to remember the difficult crossroads that we had to pass through to get to where we are. More importantly, the “what ifs” that we secretly harbor about what our life could have been if we had chosen a different path. Money and Love, for the researcher, are the real stars in this movie. The researcher states that the actors just lent their talent in the telling of this universal story. The main problem of the movie is shown considering two extreme situations, monetary success versus personal success in the form of a happy family – the viewers are not given any middle ground. This set-up makes it all the more difficult and compelling, would choosing money make us shallow individuals and would choosing the latter make us hypocrites? The researcher tries to answer these questions and uses particular movie scenes to represent his opinion. The movie presented money as the antagonist and love as the protagonist. But as a viewer, the researcher cannot help but wonder if it is really not possible to have both nowadays.To conclude, the researcher mentiones that today surely, the choices cannot be purely black or white and there must be shades of gray in between where people can all find that perfect combination of love and money to suit people's needs.