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It Was Only Just A Dream

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The great American dream influenced the lives and literature of American history. The dream that everyone has the equal opportunity to reach their highest potential, no matter their living situation or social position at birth, is something that Americans wished to fulfill. Americans created a materialistic ideal for American life that for some was not possible to attain, and not possible to maintain. While trying to reach or uphold this ideal based on money and the social ladder, Americans became obsessed and did not care whether what they were doing was legal, as long as at the end of the day they were bringing home money. After working so hard their dream, the money, and sometimes their lives were taken away. The American dream shaped American lives for the worse by creating a materialistic or unrealistic ideal, that pressured Americans into working too hard and carelessly, which ended in failure and disappointment.
The American dream created a materialistic (or unrealistic) ideal of life that all Americans wished to live. The ideal that man should be rich, successful in his occupation, well educated, and proud to be an American. The Great Gatsby expresses this ideal of the American life. Jay Gatsby was raised with no money, received an “Oxford” education, moved east and joined the American Army, and made a name for himself in New York. “...Then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life…” Gatsby was living the American dream. He had expensive clothes, cars, and a mansion on the water to match. Everyone that surrounded him wanted to be apart of his luxurious lifestyle. “Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission.” People wanted to experience the dream for themselves, so they did with or without invitation. Gatsby also expressed his devotion to America by joining the Army, while serving Gatsby received recognitions as well as many medals of honour. Historically, when The Great Gatsby was published (1925), the “Roaring 20’s” were occurring. This boom in the economy had Americans investing and spending. The Mellon Plan which lowered income taxes for the top income bracket by 53% and by 3.5% for the lowest bracket, helped with this time of making and spending money. Another figure in American history and present that represents this dream is Superman. Superman displayed the unrealistic ideal of American life, the American hero. This character is not human, therefore Americans are not able to be like Superman. “Champion of the oppressed, the physical marvel who had sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need!” Americans look to Superman as their hero, someone to look up to and rely on in their times of need. Superman subjects himself to the norm of American life, when Americans are trying to attain the supernatural life that he lives. This materialistic (or unrealistic) ideal of...

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