Although it is considered a necessity in order to live, Americans in particular seem to value the gaining and keeping of money, a desire which seems to increase the more money a person has. Though the lower classes don’t seem to believe in this very much, this is very apparent in the upper classes. Many rich people do have enough money to retire happily, but just because of this American Dream, they want to keep earning more. Money is often used to measure somebody’s worth, so when somebody has the opportunity arises to make more money, it is often taken, even if one doesn’t need it. So, these three components of the American Dream; the want for control, spread of beliefs, and desire for money, are truly the most prominent rules many Americans subconsciously follow as they live their lives.
He was one of the most influential philanthropists in the Guiled Age. He published the “Gospel of Wealth” which told people to form a union and demand higher wages. In this he talked about a man who dies rich will die disgraced. The book also said that the rich folk had a duty to give away whatever money they don’t need to the poor to support their families. Carnegie helped build multiple libraries and became patron of many schools, museums,
Kelton shows a profound understanding of the laborers mindset, and about the vagueness that infects followers and rivals at the same time. He depicts those as well sure about themselves in a lesser gratifying color than those with uncertainties. It is seen that people who are against the rebellion are slaves to the American strategy of the winner-gets-everything state of mind and flattering to those people with more wealth simply since they possess more wealth. They don’t have a dissenter and dubious
There is this idea that a person who comes from humble origins could achieve the Dream if they are willing to work hard and take advantage of opportunities. This is seen in Gatsby and Myrtle where they bootleg and commit adultery respectively. Though, the frowning eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg look down on the Valley of the Ashes as if to say that the American Dream is one big lie. The American Dream produced wealth for some, but for the majority of people their hopes for gold is just like the ashes. The reality is that not everyone can have as much money as the Buchanan’s have.
Gladwell also made a point that the place you are from, your background, and culture has a lot to do with your success. My point of view on this could go either way because there is an equal amount of things I agree and disagree with. There are many people on this world who were just plain out born successful. Either someone they know or their family were very rich. I believe this is how most people are indeed doing very well, but they still need to apply themselves in some way.
The Dream consists of a seemingly simple theory; success. Charles Foster Kane possessed everything that a materialistic man could dream to have: money, power, a successful career, women, and extravagant possessions some men would go to extremes lengths to have. Yet, Charles had it all. The most important ingredient of happiness in life Kane lacked however, was the single component he couldn 't buy and that was: love. "You won 't get lonely, Charles... You 'll be the richest man in the world someday."
The competition amongst big business where the wealth accumulated in the hands of the few bashed the poor into heavy poverty in the Valley of Ashes, whereas the sumptuously stylish men and women of West and East Egg lived according to the fantasy of the American Dream birthed in the Gilded age, so they cease to catch sight of anything beyond the money and success that the Gilded Age is known for. Fitzgerald’s basic exegesis of this platonic world is reflected through the eyes of James Gatz who creates a million-dollar platonic from of himself named Jay Gatsby in hopes of winning the heart of his long love, Daisy Buchanan. Instead of rekindling the relationship with the woman of his dreams, he woefully sacrifices his truth for a lie and falls victim to the illusions of the American Dream. Nevertheless, the sun represents the blissful side of the American Dream, which Gatsby--and most characters--identify with due to its great magnitude (like the sun’s size); in contrast, most
A main theme in the book is that all the people are very materialistic and today materialism is still a factor. Jay Gatsby would still be very popular and envied because of his wealth. There are people out there still today just like Daisy that value social status and money over morality. Just like in the book the economy is very good currently in the United States and people are spending more than ever. If one did not know Jay Gatsby they would think he was a self-centered rich man, but, he did not care about money.
The amount of wealth amassed by the top 1% of the population began to unnerve the American public and politicians alike. The rich got richer while the rest remained stagnant or became poorer. Labor strikes and riots were common during the time. Policies were put into place to prevent individuals from gaining this much power ever again. In todays’ modern Gilded Age loopholes have been exploited and the rich are becoming just as powerful as they have ever been.
The most common and typical American Dream is the dream of being super successful and wealthy. It’s been a common belief for many years that when you come to America you can get rich very easily and do anything you want. Even though most people have a lot better opportunities in America then their home countries, getting rich and famous is still pretty challenging for most people. Their are a few people that actually became rich and famous from coming to America, but its very few compared to those who don’t become rich and famous. Most people who come to the U.S. do not become rich but they do become more wealthy then they were in their home countries because of how poor some of the other countries are compared to America.