The American Dream

As a boy, I always thought that Italy was the best place in the world. Not that I’ve been anywhere else in my life, but from the stories other people told us, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I had so much fun with my brother, Rodolpho, although he always seemed a bit different. He used to walk around singing and dancing, he once asked our mum to teach him how to sew. The funny thing is, that although we grew up and became more mature, he still likes to sing and dance and sew. I never quite understood this, but anyway… Continue reading “The American Dream”

“The Great Gatsby” and the American Dream

“The Great Gatsby”, as with a number of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels, has a central concern with the American Dream. It is a dream of “self-betterment, wealth, and success through hard work and perseverance”1. In its simplest form it is the belief that everybody has the opportunity to accomplish their heart’s desire. Continue reading ““The Great Gatsby” and the American Dream”

Exploration of the American Dream in Death of A Salesman

In the light of critical opinions discuss Miller’s exploration of the American Dream in Death of A Salesman in relation to the characters of Willy and Biff Loman. Focus upon the ideas of success and failure within the American Dream in relation to Miller’s portrayal of Willy’s idolisation of Biff and the effect this has on Biff’s life. Continue reading “Exploration of the American Dream in Death of A Salesman”

Of Mice and Men. Explore the Theme of the American Dream and Importance of it to the Characters in the Text

Introduction

The American dream was created by James Truslow Adams in 1931, James Truslow Adams believed that the American dream was of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunities for each according to ability or achievement, the American dream was targeted at poor people who wanted to have a better future, some of the things that might be in the American dream is to have a house with a nice family. In the book’ Of Mice and Men’. Continue reading “Of Mice and Men. Explore the Theme of the American Dream and Importance of it to the Characters in the Text”

Contrast The American Dream With The Real Life Of The Migrant Worker

In 1930’s America, most Americans had the so-called American Dream, which was to own their own piece of land and to be their own boss. The dream came into existence in the 1800’s, when land was readily available. By the 1930’s, when this novel ‘Of Mice And Men’ was set, it was almost impossible to make the dream reality as most land had been bought beforehand. Continue reading “Contrast The American Dream With The Real Life Of The Migrant Worker”

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”