The American Dream The American dream is an opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative, no matter who someone is or what their background may be. Some are born into wealth; where there are riches available from the start. Others have to achieve and work a bit harder for the success, but the American dream is available to everyone. The Great Gatsby was set in the 1920’s. In this time in history, people were generally materialistic and focused on getting the things they wanted instead of focusing on the things they already had.
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 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
From his initial youth, Gatsby loathed poverty and longed for prosperity and sophistication. Such a short title, The Great Gatsby raises a lot of questions. There are two ways to read the title. One is to see it as an ironic and another is to understand it directly. Gatsby rises to the high class of society in a dishonest way; he's earned his fortune through illegal activities and tries his best to hide his past.
The Illusion of Gatsby: A Study of Naivete and Corruption in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Although Jay Gatsby is understood to be “great” in the title of the novel, he ultimately represents this in an ironic sense, as he portrays a deceitful image and is tainted by his own naivete. Gatsby is a man who strives for the great American Dream, often associated with the notion that money equals happiness, however, to attain this wealth and image, he puts on a facade of greatness. There is an image surrounding Gatsby, as people claim that he has “killed a man,” or that he was “a German spy during the war” (Fitzgerald 44). Gatsby’s trail of deceit begins with these rumours, as he seems uninterested in resolving the rumours surrounding him.
In 1776, the Declaration of Independence, in founding America, laid the foundation of the American Dream with the principles of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (Jefferson 77). Jefferson believed that life should be better and richer for every man. He did not, however, necessarily mean that money is needed for life to be “richer.” As the American economy, society and culture have advanced, the interpretation of the American Dream has changed drastically. Nowadays, the American Dream values money and materialism over happiness. While material success is still a part that defines the dream, the most important foundation of the dream lies in self-satisfaction.
What Voltaire is ultimately conveying to the reader is that money cannot buy happiness. Raised in Westphalia, Candide was surrounded by greed and his life was ultimately affected by strength and wealth. The phrase “everything is for the best,” taught by Master Pangloss, clouds Candide’s judgement and makes him careless. What Master Pangloss was trying to teach Candide was that with every cause there is an effect and that it is best of all possible worlds. For example, Candide stumbled upon a utopian society called El Dorado which was literally a city of gold.
Fitzgerald focused on the shift in the American Dream - from being the idea of self-fulfillment, dignity and comfort that is achieved through hard work, to being equated with the pursuit of wealth and power, and identifying happiness with having money. The novel depicts the rise and fall of the concept and describes the causes of its decay. The downfall of the American Dream is most accurately shown through the main protagonist of the story – Jay Gatsby. To reiterate, the American Dream is the concept that anyone can achieve a better life and become self-fulfilled, if they put enough effort to it and make the most of their abilities. To some extent, Gatsby is successful in managing this, as his poor background does not determine his future and he rises to a higher position in the society.
Correspondingly, the east egg is an old aristocracy that posses grace and innocence who believed they were dominant to those around them. Even though the people of the east prove to be the complete opposite. In contrast, the west egg portrays a vulgar and flamboyant person, those who party and gained their status too quickly. Although this is true Gatsby has a sincere and loyal heart that cares for those around him. Leading to Gatsby’s newly claimed wealth by becoming a bootlegger and buying his mansion to impress the one he loves
Living The Reality Rather Than Chasing The Impossible Willy Loman ultimate dream was to achieve perfection By Turki Al-Al-Suwailem Rational Throughout my report I have chosen to illustrate how Willy Loman in the story of Death of a salesman has lived by all his life by searching for perfection rather than reality. Willy lived to chase his unachievable dream rather than living the reality. His unrealistic connection between his reality and what he dreams to be has led him to death. His wrong judgments’ that are based on materialism and capitalism are a symbol of Willy’s dream to become a wealthy person. My presented report symbolizes realistic circumstances in which Willy build up a fear of abandonment, this feeling what made him want his family