The Great Gatsby : A Critique of the American Dream. What is The American Dream???. "That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every person, with opportunity for each according to his/her ability or achievement. ” ."
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"That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every person, with opportunity for each according to his/her ability or achievement.”."
“The concept of the American Dream can be
defined as the belief that individuals have the
freedom and opportunity to achieve their goals
through hard work.”
It was also perceived as the land of opportunity, where migrants could settle and, with discipline, hard work, and entrepreneurial keenness, achieve material
and social and religious
This quintessentially American experience and the changing meaning of the American Dream has been reflected and explored in American literature.
For these segments of American society the American Dream was elusive; it remained an extremely difficult goal no matter how hard they laboured and despite their natural talents.
Throughout the twentieth century the theme of the American Dream and its pitfalls remained central to American literature.
The story of Jay Gatsby is often construed as an attack on the American Dream
Just as the American Dream was tainted by the “unworthiness of its object” so too is Gatsby’s pursuit of Daisy.
Furthermore, even those who believe they have actually achieved the dream (like Gatsby), find they have achieved something that is empty and hollow.