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The promise of freedom and a better life drew hopeful immigrants before there was even a country to call home, and has continued to draw countless millions ever since. In the s, the backgrounds of people dreaming the dream had never been broader.
The economic ups and downs of a century had never been sharper. The scope of international interest and impact had never been wider. As the modern age arrived and cynicism began to rival idealism in the national mindset, the dark lining of the American dream loomed large in twentieth-century literature.
Small-Town Life Just after the beginning of the twentieth century, one widely accepted literary vision of the American dream involved life in a small, tightly knit community where residents were free from secrets and ill will. This idealized vision of a perfect American town, far removed from the tumult of the rest of the world, became a symbol for how the United States viewed itself in the larger community of the world.
The reality of American small-town life may not have matched this vision very closely, but it was not until just prior to World War I that American writers began to explore this discrepancy in a meaningful way.
Edgar Lee Mastersin his poetry collection Spoon River Anthologyemploys an ingenious technique for stripping away the rigid customs and traditions of American small-town life: Each poem is narrated from beyond the grave by a resident of the local Spoon River cemetery.
These narrators are free to speak the truth about their own dreams and habits, and to expose the ways in which their seemingly idyllic town falls short of the idealized American dream.
In "Doc Hill," the town caregiver admits he worked long hours because "My wife hated me, my son went to the dogs. With the advent of World War Ithe notion of America as a tightly knit community isolated from the rest of the world came to an abrupt end.
At the time, the horrors of modern warfare had led many people to question their traditional beliefs in a number of ways; in This Side of Paradise Fitzgerald introduces themes that would capture the public's growing disillusionment with the conventional American dream.
In the novel, Amory Blaine, an intelligent but restless young man from a wealthy family, embarks on a quest to discover his own definition of what makes a meaningful existence. Blaine's family falls upon hard times financially, and he leaves Princeton without finishing his degree so that he can fight in the war.
When he returns, he falls in love with a socialite named Rosalind. Like Blaine, Rosalind at first appears to reject the conventions of the wealthy social circles in which she lives; she tells Blaine of the many men she has kissed, and she even kisses him after knowing him only briefly.
Rosalind—who has so strongly rebelled against her mother's views on marrying into wealth—eventually breaks up with Blaine because he is too poor. Having lost both love and wealth by the end of the novel, Blaine is finally free to discover his true self.
In this way, Fitzgerald depicts the new American dream as a search for one's identity. This notion, an important facet of the American dream since Winthrop's Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early seventeenth century, gained popularity throughout the Great Depression of the s and s.Return the American dream in three ways: Return the American in South America in Ecuador where life is simpler.
Return the American dream in Smalltown USA. One can believe in the American dream or the universal dream all you want, but in practice, it means for the lower and middle class, working hard, buying a house in the suburbs, spending 2 hours a day in a car, making the same trip again and again and again.
Both of these new visions reject the American Dream based on materialism. But perhaps there is no need to create a New American Dream from scratch. Instead, let's return to our Founding Fathers' vision.
All people have an equal and inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of their own happiness. Federal law protects this right. Being elected to represent our communities felt like the true culmination of the American dream — and the idea that anyone who works hard and contributes to their community can succeed.
F. Scott Fitzgerald explores the decline of the American Dream in one of his most famous novels, The Great Gatsby. Although this book only takes place over a few months, it represents the entire time period of the s, in which society, mainly on the East Coast, sees the decay of the American Dream.
During the presidential campaign, both Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton declared that the American Dream is “out of reach” for millions of citizens. In a June CNNMoney poll, 6 out of 10 people deemed the Dream “impossible” to achieve.