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American Dream

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Carson Bartels

on 20 February 2015

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Transcript of American Dream

Price Tag -Jesse J.
This shows that the American Dream is not all about money or the "Price Tag" it's about what you really want and what makes the world go around. Jesse J is Constantly referring the price tag. She does this because even though some can find enjoyment from that, you don't need money to live out your dream. Which is why "Price Tag" exemplifies the American Dream.
The American Dream
1920's Advertisement
Many americans see home owning as a necessity to achieve the american dream. Some believe this so strongly as to say the home owning breeds a "real man". Some disagree and feel that owning a home or property isn't the most important part of the american dream, but rather having a family or something completely different.
FILM Comparison to The Great Gatsby
1920s Selection: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
connects to the American dream and Gatsby because Robin is a poor boy striving to earn money. They both are earning money for a reason though. Their dream is something greater than money. It also shows the corruption and selfishness of the rich. Tom and Daisy connect to the king in Robin Hood. They only care for money and no one else. This shows how the dream can be money for some people and then for some just having enough to get by.
Character/Celebrity Comparison
Character from Gatsby: Jay Gatsby
Created By:
Carson Bartels,
Francesca Zeno
Bernadette Skokna
Contemporary: Aladdin
Contemporary Advertisement
connects to the American Dream because he is a young poor boy and is struggling to survive. He meets a rich and nice girl, eventually becoming a prince to impress her. Gatsby life story is very similar and had to achieve greatness in order to reach his dream of Daisy. They both believe achieving the American Dream, as in money and success, will get them their own version of it, which is love.
1920's Art
Contemporary Art
Gatsby had a hard childhood and was poor throughout his youth. He was also ashamed of it and hid his true background. This made him dedicate most of his life to achieving his American Dream. He worked to become a wealthy man. He believed that money would allow him to be reconnected with Daisy, who was his real american dream.
Many people see the
american dream as owning many possessions and working hard to achieve these possessions. This commercial shows that by working hard you can achieve this image of the american dream. Although many agree that the american dream is to own material, others feel as if this commercial is a false image of the american
Celebrity: Oprah Winfrey
Oprah grew up in great poverty and hardships. Similar to Gatsby Her tough life gave her motivation to work harder though. By her 20s, she was starting her career and is now a billioniare with great success and happiness; which was her own version of the American Dream.
This piece of art shows a vision of the
american dream how many people saw it
in the 1920's. The images in this painting represent the typical american dream from that time period. The presumed married couple have a child, own a home, and have a pet dog. This is what many people strove to have in that time period. This also shows what Gatsby wanted in his life with Daisy.
This piece of contemporary art shows what many people's idea of what the american dream is: owning a nice car, living in a nice house, having a significant other, and being very patriotic. Many people may disagree with this idea because they may not want to live a materialistic life. This piece of art resembles what Gatsby wanted with Daisy.
Works Cited
The American Dream for some can be the complete opposite for others.
Christy, Howard C. The American Dream House. Digital image. American Illustrators Gallery. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.
His Castle" Digital image. Frankenbrand. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.
Crawford, Peter. AMERICAN DREAMS III - (2012). Digital image. Great Art. Peter Crawford 2011, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2015.
"The First Ever 2014 Cadillac ELR: Poolside." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2015
Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.
"Heebie Jeebies-Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2015.
"Jessie J - Price Tag Ft. B.o.B." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2015.
Cadillac ELR 2014
Heebie Jeebies- Louis Armstrong
This shows the American Dream because it showcases how dancing brought such joy the 1920's. Also while some may not enjoy dancing as others might there is no way the "Heebie Jeebies" can't put a smile on your face. That is what the 1920's was all about. Louis Armstrong's music was a great example of someone who had lived the American Dream in a very different way than others.
"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther . . . And one fine morning-" (Gatsby 180)

Gatsby's dream was Daisy, the green light, and he never stopped trying to reach her. This also refers to other people and their own dreams. Even though everyone can define the american dream as something different, people keep trying to reach for it; no matter how unattainable it may be.
"A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about..." (Gatsby 161)

The world of Gatsby was filled with materialism. All the people only cared about money and that was their "American Dream", but there is no depth to that. Its like things people aren't even alive, just floating through life surrounded by money, they've attained the dream.
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