The American Dream In The Great Gatsby By Francis Scott Fitzgerald

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A Warning from the Past What is the American Dream? Is this Dream achievable? Since the beginning this country has been the place where many dreams have come true. The Peregrines came from across the Atlantic looking for religious freedom. The founding fathers of America shaped this nation with the Idea that “…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” as is state in the “Declaration of Independence”. The "Land of opportunities" a concept that suggests the idea that through hard work and perseverance anything is attainable, has always been linked to this country. For many people "The Great Gatsby" by Francis Scott Fitzgerald …show more content…
The dream of equality and happiness for all is still an illusion. According to the article “Youth, Jobs and the American Dream” by Robert L. Dilenchneider, “…9.5 million people are unemployed today in this country of which 7.8 percent are Hispanics and 10.7 percent African Americans…” Like in “The Great Gatsby” the upward mobility is almost nonexistent. Working hard or having a degree doesn’t guaranty the possibility of a happy and fulfilling life. In our days we see how people still devoted to the money. People buy magazines and fallow television shows just to know about the life of the wealthy folks of this country. We adore them and we want to be just like them. But our dreams are far from becoming real. According to a study published I December 2009 for the National Center For Children in Poverty “…Economic mobility, the ability to move up or down the economic ladder during one’s lifetime and across generations, is central to the ideal of the American Dream. But recent research finds that there are limitations to mobility in the United States…” This study came to the conclusion that if you parents were poor, your most likely outcome in life will be stay poor, showing that “…42 percent of children born to parents in the bottom fifth of the economic distribution remain in the bottom as adults and another 23 percent rise only to the second fifth, while 39 percent of children born to parents at the top of the income distribution remain at the top, with another 23 percent moving to the second

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