In the 1920s, the American Dream was much different from what we believe the American Dream is today. Although it is changing, the American Dream is also fading and people are making their own dreams. The American Dream is the traditional social ideals of the United States and many people’s lives revolve around trying to achieve what they perceive this dream as.
“Childhood was better when I was a kid.” Being a teenager that statement is used a lot in my life from grandparents and parents. The American Dream was originated in the early days of settlement. Immigrants to the United States were searching for opportunities that were inevitable in their own country. After the country grew and people were settled into their own classes, the American Dream changed. “Instead of striving for equality, they just wanted to get as rich as they could get” is a good way to describe the way they acted towards the 1920s. The only acceptable classes to be in was first class, top of the food chain, and have more money than the man standing next to you.
Money was most people’s motivation in the 1920s. Whether it is for girls, a better life, to have your name known, or to support a family, money was the motivation. It was a constant struggle to them. They were willing to do illegal actions to get this money. They would bootleg, scam, and sell illegal alcohol after the ban of it. Not everyone did this however. There was New Money and Old Money. The New Money was the people who weren’t born into a rich family and wanted to be rich. The Old Money was the already rich people that had their money handed down through family. Not everyone that wanted New Money had to bootleg and scam to get it however, most just sold stocks. The stocks in the 1920s were cheap as dirt and were constantly raging.
The book, “The Great Gatsby,” strongly represents the American Dream in the 1920s. “The Great Gatsby” is a novel on what you sacrificed to get your American Dream and the motivation behind all of it. In this novel, the narrator named Nick Carraway moved from the Midwest up East to New York to sell stocks. In his new...