The American Dream

By now the words: “The American Dream” have been used a vast number of times throughout history, ever since James Truslow Adams drilled the term into everybody’s heads with the publishing of his book: The Epic of America from 1931. The term was also the original title of James Adams’ book, but the publishers were sure that a title like that wouldn’t sell one single copy, since people wouldn’t pay money to read about a dream. Nowadays this seems a bit ironic since today’s heaped measure of consumption, commercial and almost every single money making element in The United States of America is based on people’s interest in The American Dream. Continue reading “The American Dream”

Another American Dream

The American Dream has never had an exact definition, and thus the novel My Antonia proves the fact. Not all of the main characters have the same goal , but many of their goals revolve around a few concepts.

An American dream is success. Not necessarily being excessively rich, but enough so that starvation and poverty are not a factor in the day-to-day basis. Also, happiness and stability. Many of us want a nice home, and children; basically, the concept of independence. In Antonia’s case, it is clear that she wanted a home of her own and to run her own household. In the novel it states that “ Antonia loved to help grandmother in the kitchen and to learn about cooking and housekeeping. She would stand beside her, watching her every movement (p.22).” This is a manner that Cather uses to show that Antonia was training to run her own household. Antonia would not only watch, but learn from experience, while she helped grandmother. There are also other instances in the novel where different portrayals of the American dream take place. Continue reading “Another American Dream”

The Great Gatsby: and the American Dream

The Pursuit and Corruption of the American Dream

Throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the American Dream is the central concept, and this theme affects every character. Gatsby’s attempt to capture the American Dream of happiness and love is through wealth and power. Gatsby spent all of his time, energy and devotion towards his dream. The pursuit of Gatsby’s dream was tainted by the corruption surrounding his dream, and the dream itself. The energy that might have gone into noble goals was directed to the search of power and pleasure, and an ostentatious form of success. Continue reading “The Great Gatsby: and the American Dream”

A. Dream

During the Jazz Age, the 1920’s, the American Dream was formed by the upper class society. It was a dream of money, wealth, prosperity, the need to get rich quick, and the happiness that should come as a result of a booming economy. The American Dream was based purely upon materialistic things. The novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, illustrates the infatuation one man had toward his “American Dream”, his aspiration to fulfill it, the limitations America set on his dreams, and the disappointment of loosing his dream. Continue reading “A. Dream”

American Dream

America is the land of opportunity where dreams can come true. “The whole of the American dream has been based on the chance to get ahead, for one’s self or one’s children. Would this country have ever reached the point it has if the individual had always been refused the rewards of his labors and dangers?” –James Truslow Adams These words spoken by James Truslow Adams a writer and political commentator expressed a feeling that is still relevant today. Immigrants from all over the world have landed on these shores in search of it. Americans born and bred here live their lives striving to achieve it. The American Dream is real because this nation encourages and protects its dreamers by adhering to principals based on justice, freedom, and equal opportunity. Continue reading “American Dream”

american dream

The American Dream of having a comfortable debt free life has somehow deteriorated over the years. It used to be about working hard, having a good honest job, and being loyal to the occupation. But, now it’s as though that doesn’t seem to be important to life in America. What has happened to the “American Dream”? Why doesn’t it continue being the same? There are many reasons for these downfalls, some of which are supplied by Collins, Moore and Hooks, but hopefully in the future things can improve and the American Dream will lead prosperously. Continue reading “american dream”


The American Dream is different for everyone, though it is most commonly associated with success, freedom, and happiness. The concept of the American Dream seems to have dwindled from where it was in the past few generations. It has gone from success, freedom, and happiness to having lots of money and the nicest possessions. In today뭩 society we all hope and strive for this dream, but how many actually achieve the American Dream? Is it a reasonable goal that Americans should strive for, or is it a myth that only leads to self-destruction? Having a lot of money, a good job, and expensive possessions are all characteristics of this American Dream. Even though, many Americans seek to achieve all of these material possessions, how many can say that they are truly happy, once they reach this goal? Continue reading “dream”

Gatsby’s American Dream

Anyone and everyone can become successful with enough hard work. That was the “American Dream” as it was understood in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With the beginning of the twentieth century, a time of great corruption was ushered in. The modern values that came along with the materialistic “roaring twenties” era transformed the ideals of the American Dream into a corrupt race for power without regard for morals. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this degradation of the American Dream is exemplified through the character Jay Gatsby. His desire to become rich and powerful fast causes him to overlook the honest way to fulfill his dreams and enter into a world of decadence and corruption. In the end, his lack of regard for morals is his downfall. Jay Gatsby’s sad story shows that without honest hard work, the American Dream is destined to fail. Continue reading “Gatsby’s American Dream”

The American Dream

The American Dream is one of the many themes in the book Of Mice and Men. This theme represents the longing of each person to suddenly come into money and power. They expect to do this by either working for it and building up a successful business, or maybe even not, a business, but just a small piece of land and a home. The reason so many people in America want to do this, is because they feel that if they gained money and power, then they will be more respected and liked, and they will be happier. Besides, the United States is rumored to be the land of opportunity, where a person could go to hit it off and get rich. Continue reading “The American Dream”

The American Dream

The American Dream is being able to do whatever you want. The feeling of want for something better than what you already have. Anyone who has ever thought that they deserved a promotion or bought a lottery ticket, has at one point in their lives thought about something better for themselves. If they hadn’t, then they would not have tried to get the new corner office space, or win that million-dollar prize. The idea of the American Dream still has truth in today’s time, even if it is wealth, love, or fame. The thing that never changes about the American Dream is that everyone deserves something in life and everyone, somehow, strives to get it. Continue reading “The American Dream”