The American Dream And The American Dream

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Everyone wants a chance. A chance at achieving contentment with themselves. A chance at improving their lives. A chance at opportunity. America, like author Anzia Yesierska stated in America and I, is “... a land of living hope, woven of dreams, aflame with longing and desire.” So what really is the American Dream? The American Dream is the thought that every individual has the opportunity to achieve success. However, what defines success is very subjective; someone who had less opportunities when they were younger will feel they’ve achieved success rather quickly, others will continue pursuing success even after achieving the nice house with the white picket fence. That being said, America still provides many opportunities to access the American Dream, but achieving it depends on wealth, education, and hard work. One of the prominent ideas tied to success is wealth. It’s probably regarded with more value than education, because you can’t do what you love if you have no money with which to do it with. Like Dana Giova points out in Money, “[Americans] Wish to be made of it! To have it to burn!”. For one of the main characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, who lives in West Egg (the “new” money, where wealth isn’t inherited) spends his life accumulating wealth. He uses it to throw big, fancy parties, for the purpose of achieving his Dream: Daisy. His main goal is to have money, because without it he thinks he wouldn’t be enough. Yet at the end,
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