The American Dream

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The Unattainable Dream
The American Dream is known as a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the United States. It’s the overall thought that one can self invent themself, being able to construct their own life by starting over and setting the past aside. In today’s society, the American Dream is categorized as either being something that is attainable or unattainable, but the three sources that I have chosen being Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Richard Cory from Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson, and Walter Mitty from The Secret life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber, all explain how the American Dream is unattainable. Although satisfaction is never permanent and trials and tribulations are always just around the corner, the American Dream has disillusioned Americans for its attainability.

In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about a man named Jay Gatsby, who embarks on an endless pursuit of his lost childhood love, Daisy Buchanan. Throughout the novel, Gatsby becomes the “embodiment” of the American Dream, working extremely hard to hopefully improve his future but realizes that all of his hard work isn’t enough to satisfy and obtain his needs for his dream, Daisy. Showing an imperishable determination and hope, “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms further…”(171). Gatsby lives glamorously and luxuriously, with all the finery that money can buy, yet the one thing he desires most is out of his grasp. Gatsby desires to relive the past; even though he is loaded with money, Gatsby isn’t satisfied because the only thing that no amount of money can purchase for him is his love. In contrast to the last quote, Gatsby devoted his entire life to a goal that he later realized was impossible to achieve and through the...
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