Seeking The American Dream During The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

2264 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 10 Pages
Nate Allen

Mrs. Elliott

American Literature

November 6, 2014
Seeking the American Dream The American dream has been around since the early days of the settlements when immigrants were searching for opportunities. The American dream is defined as, “The idea that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” A second definition is, “A life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the United States.” At this point in American history, people believed that everything was possible. The American dream played a big role in The Great Gatsby, as it is an exploration of the American dream during a corrupt period of time. During the 1920s, there was corruption and the loss of moral values. It was after World War I and companies have started to produce products on a larger scale. Cars became a social symbol and that made people want to buy the most luxurious car to show that they had the wealth to do so. (Shmoop Editorial Team). That changed the meaning of the American dream. Instead of standing for independence, hard work, and the ability to make something of themselves, it is became about materialism and the selfish pursuit of pleasure. Some believe that the dream is to achieve success regardless of family history or social status while others believe in getting as rich as quickly as possible without caring what or how they had to do things as…

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