Ambition is the desire to achieve a goal through determination and hard work. Undoubtedly, the secret of America’s idea of success corresponds with ambition and the lack thereof when measuring reward. Although every man may not have the same definition of success, throughout the continuing lifespan of America, success has revolved around accomplishing one 's goals. Historically, America has become one of the most successful nations in the world, and throughout history. While its ambitions prod it toward achievement, this also condemns it to failure.
In particular, the yearning for materialistic accumulations has Willy. He is in this way in quest for the contemporary American dream, which is to take a stab at huge wealth that he never attains, and the covetousness controls his life to the degree that he winds up noticeably incognizant in regards to life 's realities. Ideal from the origin of the play, Willy 's illusionary quintessence is obvious. Willy imagines an existence loaded with extravagance, and in which just great things materialize. Being unwilling to be transparently face realities of life, Willy 's life winds up being one that is constantly loaded with double dealing, and he spreads this fanciful to his family.
Kane represents the ideal American man. He was born into poverty hence one of the unwashed masses, his family struck gold hence he became suddenly rich. He builds an empire taking risks and building himself up from a poor young boy to the holder of one of the biggest fortunes in the world. While on one hand Kane represents the American Dream, on the other hand he also is an example of how this dream is corrupted and perverted. Kane himself states that if he hadn’t become rich he might have become a great man.
As the desire grows bigger it starts to take control of not only thoughts but also physical actions. In An American Tragedy Dreiser illustrates the highest degree of desire for success, and how it influences an individuals thoughts, decisions, and emotions, ultimately manifesting out of their control, resulting in dire consequences. Dreiser portrays the hold desire for success has on Clyde through his family connections. Clyde’s relationship with his close family is the only relationship he has that is made of love. Dreiser emphasizes that even with a bond of love, individualism wins out over family solidarity.
Although, The Great Gatsby may be seen as trying to challenge the privilege of the old rich it is really reinforcing their status and casting a critical light on the new rich. Through the characters of Gatsby and Tom, Fitzgerald may appear to be challenging the power dynamic of the wealth, but once Gatsby’s flaws are brought in then the reader can see that Fitzgerald is supporting the power of the old rich. Gatsby always wanted to be rich and does become rich, but we learn that he did not become rich from his own hard work. To try to earn his wealth Gatsby went to “the small Lutheran college of St. Olaf’s in southern Minnesota. He stayed there two weeks, dismayed at its ferocious indifference to the drums of his destiny, to destiny itself, and despising the janitor’s work with which he was to pay his way” (99).
Franklin tried to stay out of people’s eyesight but that was very hard for him because he was so famous now. People knew he was back in America, and some people were very much suspicious of Franklin’s return and did not trust him. The Americans and French formed an alliance. “Franklin had not originally wanted a formal alliance with any foreign state, but he now willingly participated in the greatest diplomatic triumph in American history” (p.191). Wood continually shows how Franklin’s feelings changed.
All My Sons The greediness for money and the desire for success often distorts the integrity of man. Post-World War II, business in the United States flourished due to the inflated demand for goods at that time. During an era when the nations across the globe were shattered due to the atrocities of the war, Americans on the home-front blissfully strived for economic success in what was termed the “American Dream.” The average American harbored a belief of business as usual – no matter the circumstances, no matter the difficulties, business must continue. To the veterans, it was horrifying how the American citizens were able to go about their lives with no more than a sigh regarding the global crisis. The play, All My Sons by Arthur Miller,
As American culture changes over the decades, so does the meaning of the American Dream. The American Dream, a term first coined in 1931 by freelance writer James Adams Truslow, was the theory that each person, regardless of their background, can work hard and get wealthy. It was a very idealistic way of thinking, but unrealistic for many due to inequality and individual aspirations. The literary works of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Luis Valdez’s “In Lak 'ech:You are my Other Me” and “Zoot Suit”, Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s speech “What has happened to the American Dream?” depicts how individuals from different decades in American history define the American Dream. As America evolves throughout the twentieth century, so does what people view as important, which adds on to what the American Dream means.
Humans have become obsessed with the idea of reaching wealth and fame in order to achieve happiness, which has led society into an immeasurable level of superficiality. In the novel “The Great Gatsby”, we can see this superficiality present in each of the characters: the life of Gatsby and the Buchanan family revolves around the things they own, representing the high class; and Myrtle and George Wilson, who represent the lower class, live their lives trying to achieve this material prosperity the higher class enjoys. This demonstrates how their only goal is obtaining enough money to satisfy their materialism, making this their inaccurate idea of the American Dream. To further display this issue, one can use Daisy’s interaction with Gatsby once they meet for
Also, underdogs have always given their fullest to their cause and work very hard to reach their desired goals. So, contrary to popular belief an underdog not because of luck but due to their hard work which pays off. It may be true that underdogs may not always triumph and many turn out to be a classic American Faust but that does not make this a myth because few exceptions do not make it unreal as triumph of an underdog is still a possibility and has happened many times it is a reality. Underdogs sacrifice a lot to get to their goals and because they try to overreach they have a high probability to lose what they are after. The triumph of the underdog can be seen in many stories and movies such as the karate kid or real