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Fourth Point:The concept of the American Dream is a popular theme in literature and modern film, and the Dream parallels Fitzgerald's illustration of the American Dream throughout his novel.Supporting Evidence
Introduction to Supporting Quote: The American Dream, as depicted by Fitzgerald in TheGreat Gatsby, is a recurring theme in other literary works and modern films. The American Dream was first seen as a goal worth striving towards in the novel Epic of Americaby James Truslow Adams. Adams originally coined the term “The American Dream” and defines it in his book as,Supporting Quote: “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.”Explanation of Significance: This definition by Adams of the American Dream directly relates to the portrayal of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby. Adams' explanation of the dream exemplifies the specific aspects of the goal that Fitzgerald's characters worked towards throughout his novel. Adams developed the notion that every person could freely seek opportunities for advancement and fulfillment. In The Great Gatsby,themain characters embody these principles.Supporting EvidenceIntroduction to Supporting Quote: Pretty Woman, an iconic film from the 1990s, also epitomizes the American Dream in a rags to riches scenario which parallels the situation of Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby. Ray Jones states,
Supporting Quote: “Pretty Woman is an example of a simple rags to riches presentation of the American Dream.”Explanation of Significance: The plot of Pretty Woman and the use of the American Dream directly parallels the characterization of Jay Gatsby. Julia Roberts' character started as a poor, unlucky woman who began to fall in love with a very wealthy man of much higher social status. Throughout the development of the plot Roberts undergoes a transformation and ultimately ends up with a higher social standing and the man she fell in love with. Roberts had the American Dream of wealth, fame, and love in mind, and after her hard work she was able to achieve her goal. Although Gatsby does not get Daisyin the end, unlike Roberts' outcome, the interpretation of the American Dream is very similar in the plot of both The Great Gatsbyand Pretty Woman. James Gatz starts over, changes his name, and makes a fortune in pursuit of his true love Daisy. Jay Gatsby, formerly James Gatz, undergoes a transformation just as Vivian Ward did in Pretty Woman. Both Jay Gatsby and Vivian Ward begin as the underdog and work hard to move