Achieving The American Dream In The Movie Forrest Gump

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What is the American Dream? The American Dream is something we work hard to achieve. The American Dream as of today is wealth, true love, beauty, and success. How can one achieve the American Dream? Wealth, beauty, love, and success can be achieved by education, hard work, dedication, and motivation. However, the American Dream is not always about money, fame, and beauty. It could be anything from having a family to having the perfect life. Everyone has their own perspective of the American Dream. The American Dream is much different than what it used to be. An example of how it used to be is shown by Jay Gatsby, a character in F. Scotts Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby. Gatsby has everything that everyone else wants. Beauty, riches, parties, women, cars, and anything anyone…show more content…
Another example of how the American Dream used to be is shown by Forrest Gump, a character in Robert Zemeckis’s movie Forrest Gump. In the movie Forrest Gump, Forrest goes to college on a football scholarship, he runs across the USA for three and a half years, and he reunites with the love of his life. This relates to the American Dream because everyone would like to be as successful as Forrest Gump was. Forrest Gump got everything he wanted by hard work and education. Forest Gump relates to The Great Gatsby because they both reunite with former lovers. These two movies are different from each other because Jay Gatsby has a more unattainable life, money wise, but Forrest Gump has an incredible story. A final example of how the American Dream has changed is shown in the article “RIP the Middle Class:1946-2013” Edward McClelland, a journalist and author. McClelland writes about how the American Dream has changed. McClelland states that he grew up in “a time when people without culture or education had the money to not only indulge their passions, but flaunt them in front of the entire
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