Jim Cullen Pursuit Of Ethics In The American Dream

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In Jim Cullen “The American Dream”, Cullen argues that in order to obtain the American Dream you must continuously strive for what you want no matter what the circumstances are. Cullen explores different aspects of the American Dream and shows how it shaped the American identity. Two aspects Cullen describes is the pursuit of happiness and work ethic. Cullen describes pursuit of happiness as the bases of the whole American Dream as in if one wants to pursue happiness then they must do all the other aspects. Work ethic described by Jim Cullen is that in order to achieve the American dream you must work hard and if you don 't you will not become successful. Although to some this dream is not out of reach, it is evident that Cullen’s definition …show more content…
In the novel, Gatsby used to look out to a green light where Daisy lived. The significance of the light is that it didn 't symbolize Daisy it symbolized Gatsby desire to have Daisy. Gatsby was also known for throwing these spectacular parties that everyone would come to but, no one really knew the real reason for him throwing the party. The real reason he threw the parties was to catch Daisy’s attention and get her to come to these parties. The thing he was really waiting for was for Daisy to come to a party without Tom so that he could have more alone time with her and “fix” her like he said he would. Once he was reunited with Daisy it was clear that he was …show more content…
They are more concerned about holding on to what they already have and taking care of their responsibility than achieving any of their dreams because to them dreams are never going to be reality. This is seen in the article “Who Still Believes in the American Dream”, where Chris Arnade argues that children are the only one who still believe in the American Dream and adults whose dreams are crushed by the cruel reality believe that dreams has drifted away and are now out of reach. This is seen in the lines, “I was traveling around the country asking people about the American dream and when I asked [the kids] they answered without pause, a rapid fire succession of desires for wealth and fame, obtained via the NBA, NFL, and hip-hop. The adults, clustered yards away next to a grill, were less forthcoming, less eager, seemingly abashed to be talking about dreams.” This means that as people grow older they start to see the American Dream as unattainable because they are held back by their responsibilities and even their money. Studies show that “most Americans haven’t seen their wealth increase in decade.” The aspect of work ethic is unattainable because no matter how hard Americans work their wealth and social status does not move. The American Dream becoming unattainable is also seen in the article “Teenagers Are Losing Confidence in the American Dream”, where Pinsker shows that in the 1900s teenagers were way

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