Corruption Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Rebekah Romero P.1 American Literature Mrs. Mohr October 23, 2017 Corruption of the American Dream Americans pursue happiness and success. People in American society dream of one day becoming successful and accomplishing their ultimate goals. Sometimes, this pursuit leads to inspiring outcomes. This particular mindset-- that of pursuing happiness and success--was essential to the original American Dream, that served as the cornerstone of American establishment, before it was twisted into something that revolved around fame and fortune. Over time, greed corrupted the original American Dream . This corruption occurred especially in the 1920s, when Americans turned from dreams of happiness to dreaming of the acquisition of money and other material things. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, this change is unmistakably illustrated . Throughout the novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author, portrays the aspirations and goals that people typically had in that time period. In addition, the book takes place in the mid-1920s, when the change was most evident. Rob Marshall also demonstrates the demoralization of the American Dream in his musical, Chicago, as viewers witness the deterioration of the main character’s morals when she tries to pursue money and fame through shady schemes. Most people believe that through good work ethics, values, and education, anyone can achieve their life goals and dreams. Although it seems simple, distractions and greed often get in the way of
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