The American Dream By James Truslow Adams

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Following the end of the Great War, America became a inward, highly materialistic society, focused on improving itself and remaining distant from foreign issues. In doing this, corruption and illegal practices became commonplace as men and women tried to make a name for themselves in this highly aristocratic America. This spike in questionable practices further withheld the American Dream from those wishing to achieve it the way it was intended, through hard work and perseverance. In 1931, James Truslow Adams defined the American Dream, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”, regardless of one 's class or circumstances of birth. More and more people were being denied the American Dream every, yet they still strived to make something of themselves and succeed in a world where everything was working against them. Fitzgerald 's stance on the American Dream is that even though it has been killed by corruption, it still has strong control over people 's wills. Fitzgerald supports his stance that the American Dream has been killed by corruption through Nick’s experience in the city. Even though Nick is moving to a city where the American Dream has been rendered unattainable due to rampant corruption, his actions are still strongly influenced by its idea. Moving into a small cottage in West Egg, new money surrounds him, and Nick soon plans to make some for himself, “I bought a dozen volumes on
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