The American Dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of race, class, gender, or nationality, can be successful in America if they just work hard enough. The American Dream presents a view of the American society in which ignores racism problems, income inequality, etc. In the 1920’s, it was a very difficult and resulting time for the American Dream. Due to increased immigration, changing women’s roles, and a extraordinary income inequality. The country was also in the midst of an economic boom, which fueled the belief that anyone could “strike it rich”.
Gatsby was born in a poor family in the twentieth century. At that time, American dream was a very popular word among the young men just like Gatsby. Its core meaning explaining that anyone in the United States, so long as with enough effort, can enjoy a better life. Because of the deep influence affected by it, he had a great ambition to win wealth and position. He thought that, as long as making arduous efforts and struggling for them, he would achieve his dream definitely.
F).Despite this fact, the 1920s was a prosperous age in which many Americans came to enjoy the blessings of consumerism and excess. The perception of the American Dream was that an individual can achieve success in life regardless of family history or social status if they only work hard enough, but his wasn't always the case. Therefore, Fitzgerald used the different locations and social positions of characters to reflect the 1920s in his novel. The Great Gatsby to a large extent reflects the 1920s as the decade of exciting social changes and prosperity. From Word War one to the great depression everyday decisions were interpreted differently compared with to the past due to the occurrences that altered American
Two themes that connect very well together in The Great Gatsby are materialism and money. As the story gets told through the eyes of Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby achieves his wealth through the motivation of his first love, Daisy Buchanan. Since the story of The Great Gatsby takes place around the 1920s, money also became a great deal to Gatsby since it helped him flourish a lavish lifestyle that he built around the woman he loved. Furthermore, both of these themes apply a great effect towards Gatsby’s character. Both materialism and money come together to portray how one can never have all of the desired things in life.
He never lacks what is necessary, only what he wants. Increases in wealth and greed, such as those seen in the 1920s, often corrupt the American Dream and prevent its permanent attainability. The American Dream is essentially that one has the ability to rise up on their own and gain wealth, power, and social status. Hawkes writes, “It is the American Dream—the story of self-creation and fulfilment” (21). The American Dream came from a time when America offered up a new land of hope and desire.
So, Jay, who was born poor, works extremely hard to become rich. Nonetheless, by the time he does indeed become rich, it is too late, as Daisy had already married the wealthy, Tom Buchanan. Society had told Gatsby and Daisy how important being rich was to the American Dream, as achieving riches meant happiness. When in reality, it is up to the individual to create and decide what his or her, American Dreams should be. For it is them who know what they truly desire.
The Great Gatsby and Thesis Statement Money is often seen as happiness but, in my opinion, this is not true. The story shows us two perspectives, people with money and without. It is up to you to decide if money brings happiness. Even though the American dream is about fortune and freedom in combination with much money, The Great Gatsby shows us that money doesn’t bring happiness. The American dream was a vision of many people from around the 1930 's.
The Roaring Twenties, known as the decade of the 1920s in the Western World, consists of dramatic changes in social values. The cultural differences between the 1920s and the Victorian era changes people's behavior, where they become more free-will, youthful and carefree, despite of being more conservative before. People are more open-minded and found satisfaction through the “open pursuit of sex, money, and booze” (Berman 53) as they suggest their wealth and status in the society. New York City had become one of the cities where materialistic wealth has become the key of happiness and the standard to judge people's success, further leading Americans to pursue each other in a negative, acquisitive way. Through the different scenes and characters of the famous novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald explores how the society twisted the original idea of
Media influence on Rockefeller I remember once stealing a small book from my father’s library while still in middle school. Later I found out that this book was talking about millionaires, analyzing their lives, habits, and skills. The most important thing that these, so called successful people had in common was their goal, their goal to achieve great wealth during their lifetime and they did so. They all knew exactly what they wanted so they went forward and achieved it. In addition, John D. Rockefeller, the wealthiest man in America and world during his time, has said “If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.” This quote of John D. Rockefeller made me research about his life and find out what are the motives that drive successful people.
The economical standpoint in The Great Gatsby and the way characters such as Gatsby and Tom spent their money reflect how rich economy was and how others living during the 1920s spent their money. During The Roaring Twenties, “many people had extra money to spend on things other than food, housing, and other basic needs” ('Roaring Twenties' a Time of Economic and Social Change). Just like in The Great Gatsby, people living during the 1920s saw that there was more money than usual, so this became something they desired. The economy in both The Great Gatsby and the 1920s in America expanded and therefore purchasing things other than the necessities was considered true success.
Everybody wanted “The American Dream” so that his or her families would be able to pass it on to future generations. “The American Dream” is evident in both the book and movie of The Great Gatsby, which is why it’s so special to the start of it. “The American Dream” had played a big role throughout the novel. During the 1920s, people’s values had mostly changed, instead of striving for equality, people wanted to get as rich as they possibly could with a wife and a certain amount of kids. “She’s asleep.
King’s quote “In many ways, the American Dream of today is a trimmed down version of its former self,” explains how the American Dream is not as intense as it was when James Truslow Adams coined it in 1931 during the Great Depression. Living a successful American Dream in the past meant being a part of the Upper Class, being “rich,” living a materialistic lifestyle consisting of, what King states, “expensive items, namely cars and homes, and acquiring more material wealth.” However, the American Dream of todays’ society focuses more so on being stress-free and stable, all financially, occupationally, and residentially, for both current and future life. All topics have the potential to be viewed from multiple perspectives. On page 613, King
From the “rags-to-riches” dream, to becoming a rugged individualist, America’s dreams exceed pure commercialistic desires. However, any of these alternative versions of the American Dream are based off of money in some way. The fault of the “rag-to-riches” dream lies within its objective. Similar to social mobility, this dream relies on the poor to sit at the bottom and wish for the top, focusing on money. Even those who have reached success in this dream and become enormously wealthy still only care about their wealth.