American Ideals : The Grapes Of Wrath And The Great Gatsby

2037 Words Sep 10th, 2014 9 Pages
Austin Iverson
AP English
American Ideals: The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby Throughout history there have been certain political and social ideals that have been upheld by most individuals in American society. These ideals include liberty, equality, and pursuing the American dream. Many of these American ideals can be seen in the classic novels The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby. Both novels take place within two decades of each other in the same country but with vastly different circumstances. Specifically, each book demonstrates these ideals in a different way and they are embodied by the desires of individual characters. But in general, the meaning and quest for each of these ideals is nearly identical and they are collectively displayed by the needs of human kind as a whole. Liberty is defined as the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one 's way of life, or more simply, the power to do as one pleases. The right for all Americans to liberty has always been an important part of society. The constitution even states that “they [American citizens] are endowed with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The sentence after this in the constitution states that governments are made to protect these rights and that democracy will be used to regulate the government. The Grapes of Wrath is a perfect example of the exploitation of liberty and the corruption…
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