Comparing American Dream In Myrtle Wilson And Walter Lee

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Over the short but eventful history of the United States, the country has turned into a land of promised freedom and progress. The aspirations and hopes of those who leave their home countries were eventually known as the American Ddream. Throughout the years, thethat dream has changed, from the goal of starting a family to seeking religious freedom, or in this case, the pursuit of wealth and monetary success. Myrtle Wilson and and Walter Lee both partially achieve theat American Dream of wealth, as they both are in arm's length and get a taste of money; however, they both learn they cannot depend on a compelling source of money to get rich fast and shamelessly, as it corrupts one’s mind.
Money and its effects on people’s mind can make people
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She acts all high and mighty but she truly seems like that stuck up “popular girl” from elementary school that always had her super loyal friends to back her up. In this part of the story, Myrtle had just had a quick outfit change and Nick, being the insightful man he is, notices Myrtle’s personality change along with it by putting on a mask of self elevation of social status. “‘My dear,’ she told her sister in a high, mincing shout, ‘most of these fellas will cheat you every time. All they want is money’”(Fitzgerald 31). I chose this quote because it stood out to be extremely ironic to the point I laughed at it. Myrtle lived a half life of luxury. Her chase of wealth has got her talking in a way that is extremely self-centered. Myrtle seems to be fully corrupted by her endless source of money, which in turn heavily affects her personality. She transforms into someone who sees the world as something beneath her and something she can buy. …show more content…
He partially achieves it by pursuing a enterprise of liquor stores, however, he loses the investment money that was entrusted to him by Mama. His American dream and relentless pursuit to find money so that he could fund his drug store. “You see, this little liquor store we got in mind costs seventy-five and we figured the initial amount in the place be ‘bout thirty thousand…”(Hansberry 31). This quote shows the vision of wealth and narrow mindedness of Walter early on in the play. He is an arrogant alcoholic man-child that has a vision of wealth that will end in his and his family’s financial demise. He shows his arrogance when he entrusts the full sum of money to Willie. However, unlike Myrtle, Walter takes his failures and turns it into a lesson by taking up the responsibility of his household. His dream of making money have since long been gone and he has accepted that his American Dream has disappeared. “[And] we have decided to move into our house because my father--my father-- he earned it for us brick by brick” (Hansberry 148). Walter, although stripped of his original dream, faces the conclusion to carry on his mother’s dream instead. His failures and judgement adapted into a responsibility and acceptance of bringing his family together. His last and best decision was that he took it upon himself to keep the house for the benefit of himself and his

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