Started From The Bottom
“All men are created equal”. This is the foundation of the American Dream( Jefferson). The forefathers of the United States believed that all men have equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This appealed to those who needed a fresh start or that just wanted a better life and this ideal has become synonymous with the 20th century America because America prides itself on being the land of opportunity. America has many people from all over the world come to live there because they yearn for opportunity and freedom. Ever since the creation of the United States of America the American Dream has been advertised. In the past century the American Dream has been made known by the Roaring 20s and the post WW2 era. The American Dream used to mean that every man had equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness but now it’s transformed into “Any man can walk into America with nothing and come out rich through hard work and dedication.”And so people took this dream to heart, making it their life dream to become rich.
In the 1920s the change of the American Dream began to change for the worse. The Dream changed from “life, liberty, pursuit of happiness” to “anyone can get rich” because America grew as a nation. After World War 1 the creation of cars, telephones, movies, and
electricity were factors that turned America into a superpower. The people of America started spending more and there was more room for entertainment. The American classic,The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about the indulgence and excess wealth of the 1920s. Gatsby, the man whose belief in the American Dream was his downfall, lived in excess wealth along with the other main characters of the novel. He was a new rich who made his money off the prohibition of alcohol. He moved into West Egg along with the other “new rich” and he plans to win back Daisy’s love. Daisy is the woman he had a relationship with before he was rich and now he plans on throwing crazy large parties hoping she’ll but she lives across the bay in East egg with the “old rich” with her wealthy husband Tom Buchanan. The parties Gatsby throws are wealth and excess embodied. He has many of the social elite attend his extravagant parties. “The lights grow brighter as the Earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music[...] Laughter is easier by minute, spilled with prodigality, tipped out at a cheerful word. The groups change more swiftly, swell with new arrivals”(Fitzgerald, 27). All these parties yet he is unhappy because he wants Daisy’s back. Gatsby’s hope is very similar to the American Dream in how he’s reaching for every want and desire of his. He always wants more which is basically what the American Dream has changed into; wanting more. Then as America continues to grow so does the Dream.
In the 50s the American Dream transitioned from lavish living...