He desperately tries to impress with all the luxury, the houses and the money, but all the materialistic goods aren 't enough to convince not only Daisy, his lost love, but also the rest of the upper class. When Gatsby asks Nick " My house looks well doesn 't it ? See how the whole front of it catches the light" (Fitzgerald). He wants to be reassured and reinforce his position but unlike his neighbours, Gatsby doesn 't owe his success to hard work and earning his own money but to
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.
As an immigrant, his view on the American Dream was originally an optimistic one; he believed that America was a place to start anew. His view on The American Dream, however, changed when he came to America. As he lived through the conflicts and struggles of the War of 1812 ("Thomas Birch"), Birch’s perspective on the American Dream shifted to a more realistic one. He had the revelation that while American Dream is to work hard in order to have a chance at an ideal life, people are not warned about the adversity they will face as they try to start over. As a result, the majority of people who try to achieve this goal fail and must settle for what society gives them.
Success and Prosperity, two words that define the American Dream that every U.S Citizen would like to achieve. But, is this Dream alive and available for everyone? In the article “Hillbilly Elegy”, and the book Scratch Beginnings both discuss how the American Dream could be accomplishable for certain people. Many do believe that it is possible for anyone to reach this dream because there is a variety of government programs that are willing to help the low income families or individuals who need an extra push. There are also multiple citizens that need help but do not qualify for certain programs based on their families income.
The people disagreed and they gave it a nick name, “not even worth a continental”. Soon the Internal Revenue Act put a tax on alcohol, tobacco, playing cards, dice, billiard tables, carriages, yachts, medicine, advertisements, manufactured and farmed goods, licenses, stamps inheritances, and dividends. This was used so the northern economy would not overheat. Henry put Chase as Treasury secretary. Jay Cooke used patriotism and capitalism to persuade his colleagues and customers to contribute to the war effort.
Fitzgerald exploited the story comes with figurative language and characterization so he demonstrated to the audience the ultimate goal may affect when falling in love with someone from a different social class can be an obstacle to achieving the American Dream. Gatsby carried unrealistic imagination in mind despite to his nature born in the low status of the society. Gatsby-himself must have faced many difficult challenges ahead in the society life to passed the self-limit to achieving his fantasy dream. As the author borrowed Nick’s narration in the story to illustration the characterization "His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people--his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all.” (.98). This line depicted Gatsby life when he was a little, and this characterization contained a big ambitious dream of a child who starting from the bottom to get
The true purpose of the American dream is lost upon Gatsby, as it makes "no sound" of warning upon his conscience, fading into an omen that becomes "uncommunicable forever" (100). Jay Gatsby 's indecent ascension as a king of society depicts America as a land of the affluent, instead of the land of the free. In this counterfeit America, Gatsby 's dream "must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it" (159). But since he "[does] not know that it [is] already behind him" (159), Gatsby continues to seek contentment in fattening his purse. Unable to see past his warped reality, he tries to procure any object that could possibly satisfy his desires.
For Holden this is impossible because growing up and conforming to society was his biggest fear. This was also a big fear for Allen Ginsberg, an activist in the Beat movement. Although Salinger was not associated with the Beat movement, there is a strong connection between Salinger and the movement. The biggest similarity between Salinger and Ginsberg is the stress for the individual. In Ginsberg's poem Ginsberg’s nonconformism; America is ran by “responsibility”, that “Businessmen are serious.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a great American novel, which criticizes wealth in the American dream. Nick Carraway is the narrator who observes characters such as Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom primarily. Jay Gatsby wants the perfect American dream. He has worked most of his life to get the fame and wealth that will impress Daisy Buchanan. Daisy is his love.
The American Dream is different now than it was 60 years ago, things change and people change. The American Dream is considered “the ideas of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American” according to Websters dictionary, it’s also happiness and comfort to each and every individual, according to me. Key aspects of the American Dream today are happiness, opportunity, and freedom to be yourself or to do what you believe in, but not everyone can and most will not achieve this dream. Many things are put into to play to bring someone down or stop them dead in their path. Some will succeed at the American Dream but most will not, you can choose your outcome; now are you choosing to continue on or are you