The American Dream ( The Great Gatsby )

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*HANDS OUT ANSWERS TO THE QUIZ BEFORE STARTING SEMINAR *TURNS ON POWERPOINT TO THE TITLE Now everyone I want you to close your eyes and imagine what you think living in the 1920s would be like. *GOES ONTO THE NEXT SLIDE TO THE SOCIETY IN THE 1920s Now everyone open your eyes. What do you see here? *POINTS TO PICTURE LIVING IN THE ACTUAL 1920S. Now what do you see here? *NEXT SLIDE. *POINTS TO PICTURE LIVING IN THE AMERICAN DREAM (THE GREAT GATSBY). Did anyone notice anything that caused a change in society between these two pictures? *POINTS TO SOMEONE WITH ONE OF THE ANSWERS TO THE QUIZ/QUESTION. READS OUT THE RAPID ECONOMIC BOOMING AND GREED. *NEXT SLIDE. That’s correct! During the 1920s of the Jazz Age in concurrence with the…show more content…
In “The Great Gatsby”, the American Dream evolves around Jay Gatsby, a millionaire that is always striving to earn more wealth and wins Daisy’s heart. “You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of the dock.” Although he succeeds in winning Daisy’s heart, he is not happy with what he has, demonstrating that he did not achieve the American dream. *NEXT SLIDE. Similarly, the American Dream in the 1920s went from being ambitious and faithful to all being brainwashed by wealth. The American society started to aim for goals that were heavily influenced by consumerism. In 1931, American writer and historian James Truslow Adams describes the American Dream in his book “The American Epic”, stating that “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability and achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.” He believes that people started to become competitive with each other, losing their sense of identity and hope. It was about who could throw the biggest party, who will have the most ladies or gents, and the list goes on. *NEXT SLIDE. Although the 1920s was known for its crazy and wild parties, a time for the American society to enjoy the luxurious life as a wealthy citizen, Fitzgerald doubts the benefits of wealth. This is shown through Gatsby’s guests at his party; “the groups change more swiftly, swell with new arrivals, dissolve
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