Analysis Of The Book ' The Great Gatsby '

928 Words4 Pages
The American Dream and Paths to Happiness According to Jim Cullen in the “History of the Dream”, the American Dream is enshrined as our national motto. The American Dream lives in each and every one living in the United States. However, there are different variants that described it. For example, in the movie The Great Gatsby the main characters portrayed his dream as the acquisition of properties and money. While similar in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street alcohol, drugs, sex and wealth are the epitome of the American Dream. When one thinks about the American Dream the word happiness comes along with the definition. Although there are sacrifices and sometimes illegal actions that are required to follow the main goal. In these two…show more content…
Nevertheless, when he finally obtained his goal. Daisy decided to stay with her husband instead of Gatsby. At that point Gatsby’s dream broke down, and happiness disappeared. This roller-coaster of events that make up that dream, are exhibit in the song American Dream by Casting Crowns. This song narrates the story of a father who is working hard to give his family the best and he barely has time to spend with them. However , “he worked and he built with his own two hands and he poured all he had in a castle made with sand But the wind and the rain are coming crashing in time will tell just how long his kingdom stands”. Just like Gatsby after he obtained everything a person could possible imagine, his dream disappeared like sand. Similarly, The Wolf of Wall Street a movie that also included Leonardo DiCaprio as the main character, shows another side of the American Dream. The Wolf of Wall Street is one of those movies where every vice is shown, from sex, alcohol to drug overdose. The Wolf in the hopes of obtaining the American Dream got caught in illicit trade in the stock market. He used to sell and re-sell owned stocks to other customers. In a sense he was selling those customer’s hopes of also obtaining the American Dream. While climbing the stairs of success he motivated and also humiliated his staff. This type of behavior he used to empower
Get Access