He lived in a way more basic house than Jay did, but Nick didn’t care, moreover, he liked the fact that he could hang around the pretty houses and wealthy people. Nick was not rich, he was more from the middle class. Even though Nick wasn’t rich, he was very happy unlike the rich people in the story. Nick shows us that money doesn’t bring joy, he has got a wonderful life without plenty of money. Nick is altruistic he doesn’t need money to be happy, he has his friends and he likes studying so it would make no difference.
The American Dream: Happiness The key to achieving the American dream is to live life happy. No matter if it is happiness with money, love, freedom, or safety all people deserve the American dream. Everyone has their own way of pursuing an "American dream". Many immigrants have come to America to pursue that dream. The American dream is always an opportunity for anyone in this world, but the way they you achieve the dream is what really matters.
The American dream is all about achieving your goals in life and being happy. Your goals in life are what leads you to your american dream. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or who your married to, if you don’t achieve the goals of your american dream then you may never be completely happy. We saw this with Gatsby, who had a lot of money and a lot of parties which seems awesome but they did not make him fully happy. Achieving your goals in life and your american dream will give you a huge sense of achievement and happiness.
In the article called, How to Restore the American Dream by Fareed Zakaria, one realizes that this dream isn't as magical as it seems. “Americans get gloomy and then recover with the economy”(Zakaria). He demonstrated that we tend to live through money and not through our personal beliefs. Zakaria also mentions, “Americans had a sunny attitude towards life that was utterly refreshing.” Thereupon, Americans look appreciative, yet we take our dreams and freedom for granted. Another article called Envy and the American Dream by Nitin Nohria summarizes how no matter what Americans go through to have this extraordinary dream we will still stick together as a whole.
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.
Gatsby achieved wealth, and one would say that he did, in fact, complete his dream. However, when a wealthy person isn’t acknowledged at the same level of importance as other people of high status, it is difficult to accept it as the truth. During a fight with Gatsby, Tom states, “the latest thing is to let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife” (130). This shows that even though Gatsby was wealthy like he wished, he would never be able to fully accomplish that goal because he was “new money”, meaning earning wealth later in life, rather than being born into wealth. The people who were born into wealth, or the “old money”, consider themselves to be of higher class because they never struggled to be powerful and all that they had was handed right to them.
America has been built on the foundations of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but how have those words help to define what our country is as a whole? America could not have become what it is without the foundations created by our founding fathers. With the unalienable rights established by our founding fathers, we, as citizens, are blessed to live a prosperous life in which our future is determined by our actions. America is a country where a man can have a dream and accomplish it, become one with his fellow citizens, and discover new innovations daily. Being an American gives citizens the right the live the American dream, cultivate the world’s melting pot, and strive to innovate new ideas.
America’s Declaration of Independence provides that people have the right to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’. This concept of an ‘American Dream’ provides that in the land of ‘hope and opportunity’, it is possible for anyone to get rich as long as they are willing to work hard for it. However, in his novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck demonstrates that the ‘American Dream’ was an impossible ideal for most people. The ‘impossibility of the American Dream’ is one of the major themes in Steinbeck’s novel. The other major theme that will be discussed is that of ‘loneliness’.
The desire to be wealthy instills in all individuals. The extent of that desire, however, can vary from one being to another. The consensus of the American dream originates from the concept that, in a free society, anyone willing to persevere can be prosperous. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays how an individual in the name of Jay Gatsby, in theory, achieves the American Dream, in his novel, ‘The Great Gatsby.’ By accomplishing the American Dream, Gatsby’s desire to truly be a part of the class of the rich and wealthy should be adequate. However, as Philip Cross mentions in his article ‘Great Gatsby strains the rich-poor gap,’ “Gatsby vaults from the lower to upper class, but the rich girl still won’t marry him,” which questions the value of the
They came to America to be free and live without any horror. Puritans believed by working hard, trusting in God, and being away from luxurious materials, they can get closer to God, get salvation and become happy. As time goes on people equalized happiness with money, those who had money were considered to be happy. So people tried to become rich and they wanted to do that with least amount of work. They were in the search and pursuit of Money, because money could buy happiness.