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The AMERICAN DREAM

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Josephine Huynh

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The
AMERICAN
DREAM

THE GREAT GATSBY
by: josephine huynh
The American Dream
the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.
History
-rooted from Declaration of Independence
-> "all men are created equal" with the right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
-more authors and philosophers thought about the American Dream
-more people moved westward to seek fortune

Past vs Present
-Wealth
Oprah Winfrey
- teenage parents separated after the birth
-rebellious teen prone to running away and stealing
-molested repeatedly by family members at 9 years old
-at 14-year-old, became pregnant and gave birth to a son who died shortly after
-broadcast and media training in high school
-personal wealth of nearly $3 billion
Pros and Cons
-Provides hope
-Reduces high school drop out rates

The Great Gatsby
By: Josephine Huynh
The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream.
-Tommy Hilfiger


People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they're all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error.
-Florence King


I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.
-Bruce Springsteen


With
Against
-Basic needs

Past
Present
Similarities
-Freedom
-Meeting one's full potential
-Education
-Family
-Vacation
-Health
-Leisure time
-Materialistic items
PROs CONs
-Motivates some to break the law
-Job shortages
-Lack of balance in the system
-Overpopulation
-Illegal immigration

Demise of American Dream

tHE AMERICAN DREAM
Jay Gatz
Nick carraway
Daisy buchanan
tom buchanan
GEORGE WILSON
mYRTLE wilson
-hoping to win Daisy back
-extreme amounts of hope
-sacrifices himself to fulfil dreams
-struggles to get to upper class
-dream fails completely
-abrupt ending to life
-green light symbolizes Daisy

-a pragmatic man
-does not share the American Dream ideals
-striving to be himself
-money is just an additional perk
-dream consists of mental values and the pursuit of honesty
-lives her American Dream
-has tons of money
-no long term aims or goals in life
-lives in the moment
-born into his American Dream
-got all his money from parents
-everything is perfect for him
-does not want change
-losing Daisy would be negative for reputation
-sees Daisy as possession that symbolizes money
-dreams to earn enough money to move away with Myrtle
-dream fails when Myrtle dies
-life goes down from there
-he commits suicide
-dreams to become a girl of upper class
-her affair with Tom makes her feel belonging to the rich
-Tom treats her like an object
-Tom is her key to the upper class
-dislikes Daisy
-Daisy stands between her marriage to Tom
"My family have been prominent, well-to-do people in this middle-western city for three generations...the actual founder of my line was my grandfather’s brother who came here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on today" (4-5).
"He stretched out his arms toward
the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling" (14).
"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…." (191).
"‘Her voice is full of money,’ he said suddenly" (128).
"'Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!' shouted Mrs. Wilson. 'I'll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai –– '

Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchananbroke her nose with his open hand" (41).
"No person can maximize the American Dream on the minimum wage"
-Benjamin Todd
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