Restrictions to Achieving the American Dream
During 1920’s and early 1930 Americans dreamt of obtaining a world or place that they could peacefully spend the the rest of their lives in without any worries and that would benefit their future; however, societies standards restricted typical Americans from reaching that dream. Through The Great Gatsby and Of Mice and Men the authors, Steinbeck and Fitzgerald, suggest that if society standards entangle the dreams of a person then it retains them from surpassing that barrier to their dream they tried to achieve because a person’s reputation in the world needs to be exceptional thus they try to appease the society standards. The American Dream meant a great place with money and peace living …show more content…
Just the same as how Gatsby was unable to open up to Daisy about his early life and being poor from the beginning because “his parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people…” ( Fitzgerald 105) which caused suspicion around Gatsby and how he got his money; however, “he was aware of the bizarre accusations that flavored conversation in his halls” (Fitzgerald 69). The suspicion around Gatsby was a society standard of money and having that money handed down from a family member or an older generation and because he didn’t have his money handed down Daisy wouldn’t have risked losing her reputation of being an old money just to be with Gatsby which lead Gatsby to his death waiting for her. Like Gatsby, George and Lennie were poor but “ain’t many guys travel around together,... maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other” (Steinbeck 35). George and Lennie were like brothers who helped each other, really George helped Lennie, but society’s standard of fighting alone caused George to kill Lennie because he needed to seem capable of being solely dependable to the other guys on the farm. The society's standards of living life with old money and fighting alone was settled for Americans pulling them down no matter how hard they fought to gain that dream they visioned they couldn’t have passed it. Both authors show the reputation Americans wanted during 1920 through early 1930 which was brought on by following the society’s standards leading to the downfall of society
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To begin, throughout the two varying novels Tom Buchanan, from The Great Gatsby, and Baba, from the Kite Runner, share many similarities. In the Great Gatsby, Tom Buchanan is depicted as a man full of wealth and power. As Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel, states, he is a “sturdy, straw-haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner” with “two shining, arrogant eyes” and “a body capable of enormous leverage—a cruel body” (Fitzgerald, 7). As Nick meticulously describes Tom, his powerful and indomitable image is presented considerably. From the way Nick describes his muscular build, rigid manner and superior eyes, it is evident Tom Buchanan demonstrates a greater status and importance to those among him.
In the books The Catcher in the Rye, and The Great Gatsby both J.D. Salinger and F.Scott Fitzgerald wrote about two phony characters name Holden and Gatsby. They are phonies because they lie about everything, even simple stuff like their names. The person who is phonier between Holden and Gatsby is Gatsby. He lied about his whole life basically Gatsby lied about his name, covered up a murder, and lied about what school he went too. Gatsby biggest problem is he lied about his name.
Both Gatsby and Lennie have very similar dreams but they both occur in altogether different settings during the same era. In Of Mice and Men the first scene takes place in a field, it was the most beautiful field Lennie had ever seen. It could be compared to Eden for its serenity. This is a peaceful setting and that is why it is where Lennie first comes before the incident of killing Curley’s wife and the last place he goes to afterwards. Lennie is shot by his friend George at the ending of the novel for the reason that if he did not do it someone else would have and it would not have been as peaceful as George made it.
The 1920s, known for its promiscuous and adventurous nature, was a time of great exploration that produced a multitude of discoveries in aspects of life such as literature. Classics such as F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, published in 1925 were fundamental pieces of literature that mirrored the themes and overall societal characteristics of that era. Along with the literature that screamed the "roaring twenties" with themes such as partying, drinking, money, and the overall "high life", came classics such as Alan Alexander Milne's tales of Winnie-the- Pooh that seem to greatly contrast the themes and characters of the "roaring twenties". While The Great Gatsby and Winnie-the-Pooh seem to be on two completely different spectrums
John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby are very similar in the theme of the American Dream as both novels portray the character’s dream as an ultimate goal of their lives they must achieve when things get in the way. In The Great Gatsby, one of the main characters, Jay Gatsby, has a “dream” to reestablish the love of a previous relationship with Daisy Buchanan, a prosperous married woman whom he loves. In novel, Gatsby is shown as living his best life, he has loads of money, throws bizarre weekly parties, knows everyone and everyone knows him, and he can purchase anything he could ever want.
The Great Gatsby and The Americans share many common motifs. Three major ones that I noticed were social classes, racism and loneliness. The Great Gatsby highlights the definite social class differences between East Egg and West Egg. Nick says, “I lived at West Egg, the well-less fashionable of the two, though this is a superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.”
The American Dream is the idea that every living being has a fair chance at success in life. In theory, the American Dream is a wonderful idea, but in reality, people have corrupted it with their negative characteristics. In the novel The Great Gatsby, author F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the lies, crime committing, infidelity, and racism of characters Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan as the reason why the American Dream is decaying. To begin, Jay Gatsby is a money hungry man who makes his profit from selling liquor illegally during prohibition. By the same token, Gatsby lies to others about his background and how he attains his wealth.
While new money became more common, the perfect American became an unachievable mixture of old money and new money characteristics. Because transcendence has become unreachable, it is scorned in The Great Gatsby through a corruption of common transcendentalism imagery. While hardworking industrialists worked hard to transcend and earn their pace, those born rich kept their wealth, having already transcended society. When one attempts to use the American Dream to rise socially, their lack of birthright to wealth leads to mockery. When one attempts to forgo social transcendence and utilize hard work to transcend intellectually, they are mocked for their lack of understanding surrounding modern America.
Although we have the freedom to access the American Dream most people have challenges of achieving it. In the novels, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we see each protagonist struggling ,but at the same time a strong aspiration in obtaining their American Dream. For example, Jay Gatsby, he was the definition of the American Dream,he builds his social status from becoming a farm boy to one of the world's top millionaire but his dream wasn't complete without the love of Daisy. Unfortunately Janie Crawford in Their Eyes Were Watching God
18016 26th February, 2017 Mrs. Stone Adv Eng III The Great Fitzgerald In the timeless novel The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby struggles with money, women, and war. F. Scott Fitzgerald also faced similar challenges.
Daniel Aguirre Ms. Tobias English III GT - 6th 12 January 2017 After analyzing both the movie and the novel, I have discovered similarities and differences. Ill try to compare and contrast the two since the movie does not depict the story exactly as how the novel does. Similarities There were still some similarities in the film that tied back to the book. One of the main ones is when Nick walks to Gatsby’s backyard and finds him standing at the edge of his dock reaching out to what was a green light.
The Facade of the American Dream The American Dream is the opportunity for all Americans to live a life of personal happiness and material comfort, but is it actually achievable? F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a story of characters working hard to achieve the American Dream, but ultimately they are unable to ever realize their perfect life. The novel makes a strong naturalism argument about the rigid class system in society and the disillusionment of the American Dream.
The Hopeless American Dream Human Nature is inherently corruptible. We take naturally good things and we twist them until they take on a different meaning entirely. To me, the concept of the American Dream should be food for a starving man, and warmth for a cold one. It should be someone being able to acquire something that they don’t have, but desperately need. Some might say the Dream is the stereotypical nuclear family living in a quaint house with a white picket fence, or the opportunity to be whoever or whatever one wants.
In the Great Gatsby, there are several similarities between F. Scott Fitzgerald and the titular character, Jay Gatsby. These similarities include wanting success despite their poor upbringing, their tumultuous relationships, wild parties, and their shared whims; like alcoholism. From a young age, both Fitzgerald and Gatsby strived to be successful. Although Fitzgerald was unable to achieve this, he lived out his dream through Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald was never quite as successful as he wanted to be.
.America is the land of opportunity to many individuals. It gives people a chance to become who they really desire to be. That idea though, is not always true. What sometimes occurs is that people who want to become a true American make themselves believe that the only way to do so is by becoming powerful and losing the morals that they were taught. What has been ingrained in much of society is that if one does not do one of those things they are lesser than the ones who do.