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  1. Characteristics of the American Dream

  2. The land of opportunity was available to all. The American Dream

  3. The American Dream • Every man, no matter where he came from, could pursue and attain his goals if he followed a well-defined set of behavioral rules.

  4. Spiritual satisfaction would automatically go hand in hand with material success. The American Dream

  5. The American Dream • The American Dream entailed… • Optimism and hope for personal fulfillment

  6. The American Dream • The American Dream entailed… • Great potential for each man or woman regardless of status in life and the hope for greatness

  7. The American Dream • Hope for achievement of the American Dream existed in… • Potential development of a democratic society, westward migration and great business opportunities America offered its citizens

  8. The American Dream • Optimism faded by the 1920’s. Americans were… • Saddened by the horrors of WWI, distressed by poverty of large segments of the population and disillusioned by the great inequality of wealth

  9. The American Dream • Fitzgerald suggests that the American dream is a myth and illusion

  10. The American Dream • Fitzgerald’s American dream… • Self-gratifying, gaudy and cheap pursuit of pleasure was selfish

  11. The American Dream • Fitzgerald’s American dream… • Pleasure seeking lifestyle tarnished the vision of the dream

  12. The American Dream • Fitzgerald’s American dream… • Intense search for money and prestige outweighed the importance of spiritual satisfaction and virtue in America.