Odetoye 1Temilola OdetoyeMr. GardnerAP Lang and Comp10 March 2017The Great Gatsby : American DreamThe American Dream. The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position. ( James Truslow Adams)In the bookThe Great Gatsby the concept of American Modernism was a popular theme in the novel. American Modernism reflects a loss of faith in traditional values and beliefs. F. Scott Fitzgerald's ,The Great Gatsby is a Modernist novel it searches for meaning during the breakdown of traditional values in the era following WW I. Gatsby refutes many traditional values, but the most important value that is both questioned and deconstructed is the traditional ideal of the American Dream.
Odetoye 2In general, the American Dream is the idea that any American citizen, no matter how poor, can achieve success and happiness if he or she simply works hard enough.