Throughout the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller we see first hand what the thought of the American dream can do to a hard working man such as Willy Loman. Craig L. Thomas once said that “You stuff someone into the American Dream, and it becomes a prison.” What he means is that sometimes when people work hard and stay determined they don’t always end up on the wealthy side, and Death of a Salesman displays just that. Willy worked hard all his life and was determined to provide for his family. After a few years of working hard however, he starts to run into some economic struggles.
(Fitzgerald 39). His party guests consist of those residing in the West Egg. Their fortunes are built upon new money. Unlike the sophisticated residents of the East Egg, the West Eggers prefer the wild, spontaneous lifestyle; however, this lack of responsibility is shared by both parties. Daisy Buchanan is an example of the irresponsibility that contaminates the whole upper class.
Everyone wants to be successful and live the life they always dreamed about having. Some people achieve the dream and others fail to accomplish it. The short story was published in December of 1922. Fitzgerald has multiple stories that he is well known for, but The Great Gatsby is his claim to fame. In most of his stories he focuses on the American Dream, mostly the failure of it.
Showing the inequality of poor and the rich because many families were not able to do the same thing the Carraway. The American Dream believes that anybody able to become successful if you work hard enough. But that 's not truly shown by the example above giving the poor a disadvantage. Daisy who is crazy rich and the lover of Gatsby and the wife of pro footballer Tom tells a story about one of her butlers as an extra job was polishing silver till it ruined his nose because of the strong odors showing that wealth consumes the poor. The butler was willing to destroy his health for money, which is ridiculous.
Haylie Garrison Mr. Kennedy English 11-7 March 28, 2018 American Dream In the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the American dream in the 1920’s was very alive in the book. The love triangle, the mysteries, houses, parties, and the money all played a big role in the American dream. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg played a role through the book for the people in the valley of ashes, that helped them through the broken dreams that everyone dreamed of.
He projected the theme of American dream in this novel where people’s main motive was to live a luxurious life. The writers tries to combine the concept of American dream with the modernist approach and tells us that what is the true meaning of this dream for the people and how they have lost the basic concept of this dream. The American dream which Gatsby follows is to achieve Daisy who he loves the most but can not have her due to the changing situation. Daisy represents a modernistic woman who is very different from other women. The women of those times had to behave in a good manner and were very strict about their values but Daisy was a complete opposite.
The dream is represented by the ideas of a self sufficient man or woman, who is willing to do anything to achieve the goal of becoming successful. The Great Gatsby shows what happened to the American Dream in the 1920’s, a time period when dreams became corrupted for many reasons. The desire for a luxurious life, the hope for happiness, and the ambition for something unachievable and work together to ruin the American Dream. The Great Gatsby shows a time when the American Dream is failing, humanity is corrupting it by their wants of possessions leading to the all out demise of the American Dream.
Began from the great man Franklin in America,the American Dream has been the tradition of American. But under the changes of the times,great changes have occurred in the American Dream. The Great Gatsby is a typical story about American dream. It is a classic about the American dream. This caused a question:What is American dream?American dream is a kind of bait that encourage a man work hard,American dream just means that if a young man is a self-made man,then he can get the things that he pursues.
Many people fantasize about the American dream. In his book The Epic of America, James Truslow Adams (1931) describes the American Dream as a, “...dream of land in which life should be better and richer and full for everyone with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” The American Dream is the idea that if a person has a significant amount of money and friends that they will be happy. It is in our nature as humans to want to be the best and have nicer things than our peers. The majority of people try to achieve the American Dream so that they will feel more exceptional to others.
To enhance Nick’s efforts, Gatsby offers Nick the option to work for a drugstore to earn some extra cash. Nick, declines this offer. This shows that Nick holds pride in his work that he has achieved. By contrast, the complete opposite occurs in Daisy’s situation. Daisy’s house in East Egg reinforces the myth of the American Dream, her house is large however she has put no effort into achieving it.
Gatsby’s large income isn’t enough to satisfy his happiness. He feels the need to overflow his house with expensive items in order to show-off his wealth to Daisy. This showcases his carelessness and immodesty with money which is a huge part of his personality. You could say the he prefers form over function. Nick on the other hand, while still possessing money, decides to lead a simpler life without all the luxuries.
Consequently, money can only make people happy for so long before happiness turns bitter. “Yet, for many, instant wealth and the achievement of the American Dream has turned into a nightmare as relocation and lack of knowledge about how to manage their wealth has disturbing consequences” (Schipper, 2008, pg.73) The money that many individuals made off their land gave them the American Dream of having a huge house however what good did it do if many of these individuals had to give up their homes because they could no longer afford it. For these individuals who achieve the dream of attaining the American Dream, it came at the cost of losing their
F. Scott Fitzgerald once stated in The Great Gatsby “Human Sympathy has its limits.” The 1920s was consumed with changes that were social, political, and economical. In the 1920s, the economic system had some changes that also influenced social and political changes. There was an economic growth in the nation that led to an abundance of wealth, which led to a consumer society. Many Americans during the 1920s were becoming more reckless.
The American Dream is what most people strive for in life. Everyone wants to be successful and have no worries in the world. The problem is, actually achieving the American Dream. The Great Gatsby, written by F Scott Fitzgerald, shows how the character Gatsby is represented by the American Dream. Gatsby demonstrates the American Dream by being wealthy, having the determination, and the effort to fit into the lifestyle of the time period.