A Modern Take on the American Dream

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  • Topic: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, United States
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A modern take on the American dream

A life with no worries and without the curse of responsibility is known to be the “American Dream.” Everyone might have their own opinions on this concept but to me I see it as a person’s perfect ideal lifestyle, a life of happiness and success to an extent one feels fits those standards. Today many don’t grasp the right concept of this dream and feel as if it’s dead and unattainable when in theory it can be achieved in many ways depending on how one sees it. The Great Gatsby is a story that relates to this topic, Gatsby builds himself to get to Daisy’s heart but in the end doesn’t get it and is left with his fortune, but what is all the money in the world going to do if you aren’t happy with it? Today people believe that fame and fortune are what will bring you happiness and the perfect life when really that’s not all that matters. In the book The Epic of America written by James Adams in 1931, states that “It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” Money is an important aspect whether one believes it is or not, we all need it to get some place or another, but is life based on achieving money? In the same book by Adams his definition of the American dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” Reading this I come to think that living a life you’re proud of and being happy is what I see as the American dream and I feel like everyone can attain it once they see what is really important to them in this world. The American dream not only attracts citizens of the U.S but also outsiders looking for an opportunity to get their perfect life. For an...
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