The crucial part to the dream is the ability to work hard. With technologyadvancing, prices of a house going up, and the country’s debt, the Americandream will be no more (Kathryn, 3).
Even though the American Dream was clear inthe 1900’s, it remains unclear to this day. James Adams definition of theAmerican dream is no longer about cars and wages because the definition ofhappiness has changed. According to Amy Tan, the American dream gives you determination to findyour identity. The American dream helps clear what being an American actuallyis (Tan, Amy). However, everyone has a different view on what the AmericanDream actually is. For me, the American Dream is to succeed in life and beinghappy through hard work and dedication. The American Dream back then led togreed which then led to the Great Depression.
The American Dream would beclearly defined “If . . . many others were abled to rally from the depths ofthe Great Depression. Since this wasn’t the case, the dream is unclear anddepends on what happiness is defined as (Kamp, David). The American Dream now is the idea that even though you might be low on thesocial level, through working hard you can achieve wealth, fame, and happiness.
To American’s, the American Dream symbolizes wealth, fame, and happiness. Nomatter who you are, the American Dream can be achieved through hard work. However,wanting all the wealth and happiness can lead to greed as portrayed in TheGreat Gatsby. The American Dreams roots come directly from the Declaration ofIndependence where it gives everyone an equal opportunity to improve one’slive.
It revolves around the idea that happiness is necessary to succeed andprosper in society and life. The Founding fathers developed a government tomeet and protect everyone’s personal needs. The novel The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald is a perfect example of how the American Dream became corrupt.According to James Adams in 1931, the American Dream was defined as not carsand high wages, but the dream that one can prosper success and happiness nomatter age, race, gender, ect. However, the word happiness slowly changedthrough time.