“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.” – James Truslow, Historian
– If you put in enough effort, you will be rewarded with wealth.
– The home of the free + the land of the brave
– Gatsby worked hard but illegally. He shows the corruption of The American Dream.
– Dream – illusion due to corruption
– Valley Of Ashes (VOA) and Wilson. These people work hard every day. They remain poor and their lives are a struggle. These people and this setting represent the illusion of the dream. They believe in it, they strive for it but it never comes.
– Poor get poorer and rich get richer
– Tom + Daisy. Have not worked at all. Born into “the dream”. They don’t live “the dream” lifestyle because their lives are centred around “things” and “events”.
The American Dream was that everyone would be equal, there would be no upper or lower class. It wouldn’t matter where you were born or to whom, everyone could achieve the same thing through hard work.