Corruption Of The American Dream Essay

1231 Words Mar 24th, 2016 5 Pages
According to Bernie Sanders, Presidential Hopeful, "For many, the American Dream has become a nightmare." (Brainyquote). In 2016, less Americans are achieving their dreams. Throughout history, we see the American Dream live, evolve, die, then eventually repeat the cycle. The 1920s was a time of money, big houses, luxury living and prosperity. The 1920 's also stands for a time of great disparity, poverty and prohibition. Fitzgerald and Steinbeck 's novels prove the corruption of the American Dream by using symbolism and metaphors to create the themes of how the American Dream is dead.

The 1920 's meant something different for everyone. Some lived the most they had ever lived, and some didn 't live the lives that they had exactly dreamed of. During this time for some, it was built from hope, faith and determination. For others, it was built merely off of fate. "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven 't had the advantages that you 've had. " (Fitzgerald 1). This shows that the corruption of the American Dream was always very much alive, but it was always in some way unachievable, which causes the Dream to be dead. It was merely unachievable to the regular working man.
In comparison to Steinbeck 's of mice and men, George and Lennie have a dream, but the fate of their live made it impossible for them to ever achieve, but they had a lot of hopes, and dreams, that were fueled by determination of the both of them.…

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