The American Dream anhand von The Great Gatsby - Referat
The American Dream in different stories
Definition American Dream:
-everybody can be rich and successful if they work enough
-includes no illegal actions!
-hard work and a lot of willpower are important
-pursuit of happiness
The Great Gatsby:
No representative of the American Dream. We donít know where he got the money from. Most likely that he got the money from illegal activities due to his connections to Meyer Wolfsheim. Nevertheless he rose from rags to riches since he was just poor soldier in the beginning. He got a new identity and a new lifestyle. Jay has been trough rough times as he could not marry Daisy when he was young. Also, he was not happy even though he was incredibly rich.
 Even though he rose from rags to riches he may have gotten his money from illegal activities what makes him no representative of the American Dream
Tom is no representative of the American Dream. He is from the old wealth which means that he never rose from rags to riches. Tom was rich from the beginning and he didnít earn his money from hard work of much effort. No one of the old wealth is a representative of the American Dream in contrast to the people from the new wealth who might have gotten their money from hard work.
 Tom never worked for his money since he is just from the new wealth. Due to this, he is no representative of the American Dream
George B. Wilson:
Here we can see Fitzgeraldís criticism of the American Dream. Wilson can work as much as he is able to but he will never be rich. No one who lives in the Valley of Ashes will ever reach the American Dream. Wilson worked harder as Tom ever will; nevertheless he is poor and will always be poor.
 The American Dream did not and will never come true for Wilson. Fitzgerald obviously criticizes that even though you can work as hard as you can you do not necessary have to reach the American Dream. Not even if you are not involved into illegal activities or whatsoever.
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