Comparison Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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“The American Dream” is one of the underlying themes in The Great Gatsby. It might not be obvious that this this fictional story has any connection to one of the foundations of American society. However, when conducting further analysis the resemblances are striking. The American dream was first used by an author named James Truslow Adams in his book The Epic of America. The book was released in 1931 and during this time the states were suffering under the great depression. In the book Adams used the term to describe the complex beliefs, religious promises and political and social expectations. The term is difficult to define because “the dream” always brings something individual or personal. The American dream is also something that is constantly changing depending on the society; the dream in the 20’s and 30’s most likely differs from the dream today. Even though the term “the American dream” was first used in 1931 it has been around much longer than that. Some say that it has its origins in the declaration of independence. Some American historians even say "The American Dream" outdates the Declaration. They claim that the expression originates from the first European Settlers and their basic idea that every man and woman should be able to, regardless of their social status, achieve success if they work hard. Everybody should be treated and seen equally and be recognized by others for what they are and have accomplished, not by their social position. However, at that

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