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The American Dream

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The American Dream
The Great Gatsby
In The Great Gatsby, we are introduced to Nick Carraway, a Yale graduate who takes a salesman job in New York. Nick moves in next to a mansion whose owner throws extravagant parties. The owner, Jay Gatsby, is a mysterious millionaire who is seeking love with his past relationship, Daisy Buchanan.
In this book, which was written in the Roaring 20's, we see what the author and the people in this time saw the American Dream as. In it you can see that instead of striving for equality, the characters in the book just wanted to get as rich as they could. They all wanted to live in the moment and in luxury.
Of Mice and Men
Jay Gatsby demonstrated the American Dream in the sense that he never gave up on his love for Daisy even though it was almost impossible. It also led to his downfall and ultimately his death. This touches on the idea that trying your hardest will not always lead to success.
John Proctor demonstrates the American Dream with that he would rather die with his pride than live with a lie hanging over his head for. Miller tied in with the idea that the American Dream is about making and maintaining a name for yourself and your family.
George and Lennie demonstrated the American Dream with their relentlessness to achieve their goal to one day own a farm. Steinbeck writes that throughout their journey, George learns that their dream is likely impossible and that such unobtainable dreams are not to be found in this world.
What IS the definition?
The American Dream is the national characteristic spirit of the American culture. There are infinite opinions on what 'The Dream' truly is.

The Future of the American Dream
I believe that the American Dream will continue to change as the years go on. I think that the basic idea, that anything is possible if you put your all into it, will always be prevalent in our country. That is only my belief though. Only time will tell what new ideas there are to come!
The Crucible
My American Dream
My interpretation of the American consists of two main ideas:

*Do what makes you happy in your life. Take risks. Get out of your comfort zone. Make every moment count. It is the only way you will continue to improve.

*Put your full effort into things that you want to achieve. If you have the desire to do something, go and do it and do it well, whatever it is.
Diez, Francisco. The Statue of Liberty. 2008. Wikimedia.com. May 21st, 2014.

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Works Cited Page
The idea was first developed in the Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal" and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

In "The Epic of America", John Adams wrote the American Dream as one of "a land in which life should be better, richer, and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement."
The American Dream in Literature
For many immigrants, the Statue of Liberty was the first thing they saw. It stood as a symbol of hope and opportunity.
1. The Great Gatsby
2. Of Mice and Men
3. The Crucible
In Of Mice and Men, we are introduced to George and Lennie. They are two migrant workers who had just gotten out of a bad situation at their last job when Lennie accidentally frightened a girl. They are now seeking employment at a farm.
Throughout the book, we are reminded
of the dream that Lennie and George have to own their own farm one day with livestock and rabbits that Lennie would be able to tend to. Although, we start to see that this dream may be way past what George and Lennie will be able to achieve in their lifetime.
This book really shows the impossibility of the American Dream. You can wish all you want for a different life but sometimes you won't be successful.
The Crucible was written during the early 1950s, by Arthur Miller, as an allegory to the McCarthy Red Scare. It was a time where Senator McCarthy was trying to rid of the communists in the United States. This led to people accusing each other for wrong doings; much like the Salem Witch Trials, where The Crucible is staged.
The Crucible is about the Salem Witch trials with a more in depth about a love affair between Abigail and John Proctor, a married man. Jealously starts to take hold of the girls and the townspeople as things start escalating quickly to the hangings of innocent people.
The American Dream is expressed in the sense that the Puritans believed that hard work and strict religious behavior was the key to going to heaven. In The Crucible, we see the flaws of the American Dream because even those who worked hard and lived their lives for God, were still killed.

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