American Dream Theme In American Literature

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In stories such as A Raisin in the Sun, Maggie,The Great Gatsby, and Mice of Men, attaining materialistic possessions and significant relationships is the understanding of the American Dream and was valued due to its ability to increase one’s stature within society. The American dream consist of desirable items and relationships that demonstrate wealth and happiness. In specific cases the American dream was assumed to be achieved through property ownership,love and advancement of social class. The American dream can vary depending upon the one’s perspective. Throughout history has changed values have changed. As the values changed it was reflected in American Literature. Some examples of values changed it was reflected in American Literature are A Raisin in the Sun, Maggie,The Great Gatsby, and Mice of Men. These books show how things affect the way the values are viewed and reflected upon. “The ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” The American dream is dissimilar for everyone. The American dream can be whatever you want it to be. Some examples of an American dream are, money, love and hope. American Literature shows how the American dream is whatever you want. In A Raisin in the…show more content…
One example of that is A Raisin in the Sun. In the book they family is trying to get out of protey. They are going to get out of property with this big check they are supposed to revive which puts strain on the family. It puts strain on the family because they never had money like that before and it’s their American dream. “Check coming today? They said Saturday and this is just Friday and I hopes to God you ain't going to get up here first thing this morning and start talking to me 'bout no money 'cause I 'bout don't want to hear it.” (Hansberry
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