The land of opportunity was available to all. The American Dream
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.
Spiritual satisfaction would automatically go hand in hand with material success. The American Dream
The American Dream • The American Dream entailed… • Optimism and hope for personal fulfillment
The American Dream • The American Dream entailed… • Great potential for each man or woman regardless of status in life and the hope for greatness
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
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
The American Dream • Fitzgerald suggests that the American dream is a myth and illusion
The American Dream • Fitzgerald’s American dream… • Self-gratifying, gaudy and cheap pursuit of pleasure was selfish
The American Dream • Fitzgerald’s American dream… • Pleasure seeking lifestyle tarnished the vision of the dream
The American Dream • Fitzgerald’s American dream… • Intense search for money and prestige outweighed the importance of spiritual satisfaction and virtue in America.