American dream, equality of opportunity, highest goals, pursuit of happiness, forms of power, money, the grapes of wrath, John Steinbeck
The American dream is the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved if they just work hard enough. It appeared after the Declaration of Independence in 1776 which proclaims that 'all men are created equal' with the right to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'.
[...] Overall, it may be said that money during the 20th century was kind of the only thing that mattered for the American Dream. Indeed, as shows these documents, only the privileged people can have access to the American Dream, because having no money means that other people richer than you are going to take your place and your chances. But these documents are not the only ones about the AD, other examples such as the life of Benjamin Franklin shows the good aspects of the AD. [...]
[...] This novel is a pessimistic critique of the AD by being about Jay Gatsby who is convinced that the only way for him to be happy is by being extremely successful and rich. He became so obsessed with money that he began to acquire a large amount of money by illegal means such as crime. Furthermore, Jay Gatsby comes from humble roots and rises to be notoriously wealthy, only for everything to slip away from him in the end when he got killed. Moreover, it can be said that he loves Daisy not for her personality but for what she represents, the American Dream itself. [...]
[...] He is recognized as one of the most beloved American writers. He wrote his novel the grapes of wrath in 1939 about farmers who couldn't invest in industrial equipment and were forced to leave their land to go to California. The machines replaced workers ‘one man on a tractor can take the place of twelve or fourteen families. This novel also talks about the Great Depression when in of the population was unemployed and the wage income fell worst economic disaster ever. [...]
[...] Arthur Miller (1915–2005) was an American playwright. This play is about Willy Loman, the play's protagonist who is obsessed with making money, rather than finding a job as a physical labor, which he enjoys, Willy devotes his life to selling. But Willy is so obsessed with the AD that he forgot about his loving family; thus, he became more and more obsessed and decided to take his life because he can't manage to climb the social ladder anymore. Unfortunately, his son Happy didn't see the negative aspects of the AD, he still admired his father after all and even decided to follow his steps. [...]
[...] Money can be led to this kind of power. To what extent is money a powerful form of influence on the American dream in the 20th century? To answer this question, I will first talk about the novel the grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck, then about the death of a salesman by Arthur Miller and finally the great Gatsby by Fitzgerald. I. The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck First, I am going to talk about the grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck. [...]
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